VINCENT SCULLY PRIZE
by scott kratz, vice president for education
14th VINCENT SCULLY PRIZE AWARDED TO ARCHITECTURE CRITIC PAUL GOLDBERGER
November 15, 2012
Due to our fiscal calendar, the National Building Museum awarded two Vincent Scully Prizes in one year. The first went to Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, for his lifetime of work encouraging thoughtful discourse and debate about the importance of design. To mark the receipt of the Prize, Mr. Goldberger delivered an original talk on the state of architecture criticism today, the changing role of mainstream media in a digital world, and the rise of citizen journalists.
“Paul explains architecture to the popular readership in a way that bridges the perceiver and the designer.”
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Scully Prize juror
“Paul is a person that lets people understand the importance of place.”
David Schwarz, Scully Prize jury chair
“Paul understands that architecture is a form of public discourse.”
Deborah Berke, Scully Prize juror
15th VINCENT SCULLY PRIZE AWARDED TO JOSHUA DAVID AND ROBERT HAMMOND, FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE CO-FOUNDERS
September 30, 2013
The National Building Museum selected co-founders of Friends of the High Line, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, to receive the 15th Vincent Scully Prize. The High Line is a more than one-mile-long public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The success of the High Line has served as an inspiration for other cities across the nation to consider transforming aged infrastructure into unique and open civic spaces. At a public presentation, David and Hammond presented an original talk, “Harnessing Friction,” on how the High Line tapped the seemingly incompatible forces of money, real estate and politics versus community, preservation and design to create new kind of public place for the 21st century.
Amount of new investments in the neighborhood surrounding the High Line upon opening the second part of the project in 2011.
Number of annual visitors to the High Line (2011)