On Wednesday, the Municipal Art Society of New York is sponsoring a program called “A Second (and Green) Career for Industrial Buildings: Recycling New York’s Industrial Past, Inspiration From Home and Abroad. ” The event will be held from 6:30 until 8:00PM with a reception to follow.
A panel that includes Andrew Kimball of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (you’ll recall the extensive green efforts that continue to take place there along the waterfront) and Robert Powers , preservation consultant on the tax-certified rehabilitation of the Austin-Nichols Warehouse, among others, will investigate two ways of preserving industrial buildings: using them for new manufacturing ventures or adapting them for other uses- housing, schools, or as cultural venues.
Expect the conversation about converting- and greening- industrial buildings back into hubs for manufacturing to increase as 2008 draws to a close, particiularly as the financial services sector continues to shrink. The Municipal Art Society is located at 457 Madison Avenue (at East 51st Street); you can purchase tickets online ($15, $12 for members and students) or by calling 212-935-2075.