The Skyscraper Museum
Book Talks 2014
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.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm

Gary Hack Book Talk

Sustainable Site Planning

Gary Hack has studied, taught, and practiced site planning for more than forty years in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. In 1984, and in many subsequent editions, he joined Kevin Lynch as co-author of the classic textbook Site Planning. His new solo volume is a summary of a life’s work, and a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated state-of-the-art guide to the subject. It covers planning processes and standards, new technologies, sustainability, and cultural context, addressing the roles of all participants and stakeholders and offering extensive treatment of practices in rapidly urbanizing countries.

Join us as Hack discusses his new international edition of Site Planning, which focuses on how sustainability can be achieved through the development of sites from small to large. He will illustrate emerging technologies that allow much of the energy, runoff, water, liquid and solid waste removal, and other functions to be handled on-site. He will also discuss the implications of new mobility technologies on the planning of sites and the form of roads, parking, and other areas now devoted to vehicles. Come and share your thoughts on these subjects.

Gary Hack is Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches, practices, and studies large-scale physical planning and urban design. He is the former dean of the UPenn School of Design, as well as a former chairman of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a professor of urban design at MIT, and a partner in the firm of Carr Lynch Hack and Sandell. Hack has served as the principal urban designer for many projects domestically and internationally and has written numerous books on the topic.

The exhibitions and programs of The Skyscraper Museum are supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.