High Line Co-Founders: “Harnessing Friction” at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

High Line Co-Founders: “Harnessing Friction” at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

EnlargeHigh Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond. Photo by Barry Munger

We’re thrilled to announce that the National Building Museum has awarded its fifteenth Vincent Scully Prize to High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond for their work in creating one of the most successful urban revitalization projects to date.

The Vincent Scully Prize recognizes exemplary scholarship, criticism, or practice in architecture, historic preservation, or urban design. David and Hammond will present an original talk, “Harnessing Friction,” as part of the public award ceremony at Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum on September 30.

David and Hammond will discuss 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.

About the Vincent Scully Prize

The Vincent Scully Prize was instituted in honor of Vincent Scully, the Sterling Professor Emeritus of the history of art at Yale University and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Miami. The Vincent Scully Prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999 to recognize exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design. The prize has since come to be known as one of the most important awards in the field, recognizing the importance of ideas and scholarship that lead to great built places.

Past recipients are listed here with their affiliation at the time of their selection:

  • Vincent Scully, sterling professor emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University
  • Jane Jacobs, urbanist and author of The Nature of Economies
  • Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founders of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co
  • Robert Venturi, FAIA and Denise Scott Brown, RIBA
  • His Highness the Aga Khan
  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
  • Phyllis Lambert, architect, educator, philanthropist, and activist
  • Witold Rybczynski, architectural critic, author and essayist
  • Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture
  • Christopher Alexander, architect and author
  • Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president of the American Academy in Rome
  • William K. Reilly, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paul Goldberger, architecture critic and contributing editor, Vanity Fair

The National Building Museum
401 F Street
Washington, D.C.

“Harnessing Friction” is open to visitors of all ages. Tickets are $12 for members of the National Building Museum, $12 for students, and $20 for non-members. For more information about the program and to purchase tickets, please see National Building Museum’s event page.

“Harnessing Friction” is presented and sponsored by the National Building Museum in partnership with Friends of the High Line.

National Building Museum