PAST EVENT - Thursday, September 29, 2016
HAAUS toured the Lincoln Center public spaces, Alice Tully Hall, and the Hypar Pavilion led by Benjamin Gilmartin of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The historic ensemble of buildings and public spaces at Lincoln Center were originally the product of a group of prominent architects including Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Wallace Harrison and Philip Johnson. DS+R's redesign of Lincoln Center extended across the 16 acres of the campus, including the Columbus Avenue Grand Entrance and Fountain Plaza, the North Plaza, conversion of 65th St. from a service corridor into a new Street of the Arts, the expansion and renovation of the Juilliard School, and the reconstruction of Alice Tully Hall. The redesign of Lincoln Center turned the campus inside-out by extending the spectacle within the performance halls into the underutilized public spaces between the halls and the surrounding streets. The range of scales of the project required an effort dissolving boundaries between urban planning, architecture, landscape design and information design.
Benjamin Gilmartin is a partner of the New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and has 25 years of experience with the design of internationally significant projects. He led the redevelopment projects at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts campus in New York City for seven years, including the redesign of the Fountain Plaza / Columbus Grand Entrance and Alice Tully Hall. Benjamin has also directed numerous award-winning projects in performing and fine arts, public space, and education, including the Rio Museum of Image and Sound, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago, and the U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs. In the past, Benjamin has been a designer with the New York firms Polshek Partnership and Perkins & Will. He was a long-time contributor to Praxis: Journal of Writing + Building and taught in the Thesis program at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.