The Skyscraper Museum
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The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

Sustainability is an increasingly important consideration in modern design and construction, and The Skyscraper Museum has long been a leader in identifying and showcasing both innovators and innovations. In addition to its exhibition, Green Towers for New York, The Skyscraper Museum hosts an annual sustainability lecture series featuring prominent architects, engineers, and building professionals discussing projects in New York City and around the world.

Below are highlights from the Museum's extensive archive of green multimedia. Classes can explore this material as a group, or individually - either as enrichment or as part of a lesson. Students should notice the changes in building that is leading to more environmentally friendly cities, and consider what green innovations they see in their own lives.

Green Media

+ Introduction to the 2006 exhibition, Green Towers for New York

+ A map of the newest generation of sustainable skyscrapers in New York.

+ The green neighorhood of Battery Park City

+ Green Glossary: an extensive list of green terms and definitions

+ Rick Cook of Cook + Fox discusses the renovation of 375 Pearl Street and the importance of green construction and renovation.

+ Carl Galliotto of Skidmore Owings and Merrill talks about the renovation of Lever House and other post-war corporate towers.

Thematic Ideas
as discussed by industry professionals

LEED Standards

Recycled Materials


Personal Environmental Control

Gray and Blackwater Treatment

Curtain walls and glass

The Economic Factors

Cities and Density

More Resources
images, presentations and exhibitions

Green Towers For New York: From Visionary To Vernacular

Green Teams: How Sustainability Succeeds in Business

Mixed Greens: An International Survey of State-of-the-Art Sustainable Skyscraper Design

Re: NY Recycle | Retrofit | Reinvent the City