Conference Prep #1: Mid-Century (Un)Modern

At Modern All Over Again, our annual conference on October 2nd, industry experts will engage in a discussion of how to best deal with aging mid-century commercial buildings, public housing, and energy infrastructure in New York City. In preparation for a lively afternoon of presentations and conversation, we thought you might enjoy reading articles and reports that focus on the unique challenges faced by buildings constructed during the 1950s and 60s. In the weeks leading up to the conference, we will share texts that explore these issues from a variety of perspectives.

This week, we’re looking at Mid-century (Un)Modern, a 2013 study from sustainability consulting firm Terrapin Bright Green. Terrapin raised the essential question of how mid-century commercial office buildings in Manhattan should be dealt with in the city’s effort to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. To explore the answer, they selected a prototypical 1958-1973 Manhattan office building (single-glazed curtain wall envelope) and analyzed the costs and benefits of a retrofit versus replacement of the entire structure.

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