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Exhibitions that assemble many models and images of contemporary work rely on the good will and generosity of their designers. The Skyscraper Museum is grateful to the firms who have shared their work and expertise to mount TEN TOPS.
At KPF, where a small army of architects design supertalls, we appreciate the help of William Pedersen, Jamie von Klemperer, David Malott, Robert Whitlock, Brad Zuger, Forth Bagley, Terri Cho, John Chu, David Niles, Li Lei, Nathan Wong, and Keisuke Hiei.
At SOM, Bill Baker has been a constant supporter and advisor on all things engineering, and Karen Widi of the Chicago office cheerfully scanned and rescanned archived blueprints and other files for us. The New York office of SOM remains "family" to the Museum.
Numerous other architects responded generously to our requests for models and images. At TFP Farrells, Stefan Krummeck, Claire Peng, and Ben Lau helped us with KK100. At Wilkinson Eyre, we thank Christopher Wilkinson, Michelle Lewis, and model-maker Ben Bisek for undertaking a new model of the extraordinary top of IFC Guangzhou. At Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, we are especially grateful to Peter Weismantle and Jocelyn Moriarty for arranging the loan of models and renderings of their projects. At Gensler, Clifford Champion supplied images from China and Katie Dabbs coordinated the loan of their materials.
At Thornton Tomasetti, Dennis Poon has been a tour guide for hard-hat trips up supertalls and has helped to explain their engineering. Thanks also to his colleagues Bill Tse, Jianhai Liang, Yingying Xu, and James Kent. The wind tunnel specialists at RWDI provided models for the show that illustrate their important work. From RWDI, we thank John Galsworthy, Derek Kelly, and Josh Ward. For the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, we thank the engineers at SL Rasch and Sabine Schanz-Kollmar and Andrea Zimmermann for the extraordinary photographs and documentary film of their design and the construction process.
The wind tunnel specialists at RWDI provided models for the show that illustrate their important work. From RWDI, we thank John Galsworthy, Derek Kelly, and Josh Ward.
Turner International provided material on their projects, for which we thank Sarah White and Christopher McFadden. Among developers and building owners, we thank Cathy Yang at Taipei 101 and Nivine William and Waseem Khan at EMAAR. At the Empire State Building, we thank Jean-Yves Ghazi, Elizabeth Sullivan, and Sana Merchant.
For the historical part of the show, we are enormously grateful to Michael Barry for sharing files of his collection of original Empire State Building working drawings. David Stravitz, who rescued from oblivion many glass plate negatives of construction photographs of the Chrysler Building, generously shared his files. Historian Daniel M. Abramson did the same with his research on Wall Street.
Last, but not least, this work could not have been accomplished without the hard work of the Museum's staff: Sana Afsar, Caleigh Forbes, Katie George, Georgi Kyorlenski, Nick Miller, Jorge Orpinel, Josh Vogel, and Elizabeth Volchok.
Director & Curator
The Skyscraper Museum
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TEN TOPS is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
TEN TOPS is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.