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AAP NYC joins Open House New York tour with events

70 acres in Chicago
A scene from "70 Acres in Chicago," showing at AAP NYC with a panel discussion Oct. 14.

The College of Architecture, Art and Planning’s New York City studios, AAP NYC, will be part of this year’s Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend, Oct. 15-16.

Located in the former Standard Oil Building at 26 Broadway, AAP NYC joins the list of historical and contemporary sites across the five boroughs that are open to the public over the weekend for tours, talks, performances and other special events.

Leading in to the weekend, AAP NYC hosts a film screening and panel discussion of “70 Acres in Chicago,” Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m. The critically acclaimed documentary chronicles the redevelopment of Cabrini-Green, a public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side, into a market-rate, mixed-income development. The film follows the community’s transformation and its impact on the families who live there, and provides a human perspective on larger issues of social policy and economic and racial injustice.

The panel includes filmmaker Ronit Bezalel, one of Newsweek’s “Top 10 Women of the 21st Century,” and the three Cabrini-Green residents featured prominently in the film: Mark Pratt (who also produced the film), Raymond McDonald and Deidre Brewster. The moderator will be assistant professor of city and regional planning Suzanne Lanyi Charles.

AAP NYC will also host prospective students Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seeking to gather more information about admissions and undergraduate and graduate study opportunities in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and fine art.

The home of Standard Oil from 1885 to 1956, 26 Broadway was designated a New York City landmark in 1995. AAP NYC, established in 2006, relocated from Chelsea in early 2015 to occupy the entire 20th floor (the former site of Standard Oil’s boardroom), with 360-degree views of lower Manhattan and New York Harbor and more than 11,000 square feet of classroom, studio, gallery and lecture space.

Each October, OHNY offers visitors access and opportunities to experience the city and meet the people who design, build and preserve New York. The event helps foster an informed conversation about architecture and urban design’s role in sustaining New York City as a vibrant place to live, work and learn. An estimated 80,000 visitors in 2015 took part at more than 250 participating sites. See the full list of 2016 sites online.

For more information about AAP NYC’s participation in OHNY, email or call 212-497-7595.

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Daryl Lovell