According to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, for the seventh consecutive year, the firm is serving as a major sponsor of Archtober 2014, a month-long festival of activities, programs and exhibitions presented by The Center For Architecture, AIA New York Chapter and The Center for Architecture Foundation throughout October. The event celebrates architecture and design excellence in New York. The festival features tours, lectures and exhibits that explore and celebrate the confluence of urban living and architecture and design.
Kramer Levin views its sponsorship of this annual event as synergistic with its representation of some of the city's most notable development projects. The firm's land use practice has served in a lead capacity in securing approvals for some of the most significant architecture in the city, in collaboration with the extraordinarily talented architects who headquarter their practices here: Foster & Partners (551 West 21st St. and 50 UN Plaza); CookFox (150 Charles St. and 300 Lafayette St.); Christian dePortzamparc (One57); Jean Nouvel (51 West 53rd St.); Renzo Piano (Whitney Museum at Gansevoort St.); Diller & Scofidio (Lincoln Center 65th St. Redevelopment and Culture Shed); Morris Adjmi (837 Washington St. and 71 Laight St.); SHoP (111 West 57th St. and South St. Seaport Redevelopment); Roger A.M. Stern (30 Park Place and 15 Central Park West); Goldstein, Hill & West (808 Columbus Ave.); Beyer Blinder Belle (Whitney Townhouses); Pelli Clarke Pelli (15 Penn Plaza); Ennead (NYU Langone Medical Center Kimmel Pavilion); Rafael Moneo (Columbia Northwest Science Building); Handel Architects (170 Amsterdam Ave. and Dream Downtown Hotel); Cooper Robertson (Columbia School of Social Work); S.O.M. (International Gem Tower); KPF (One Hudson Yards); Rafael Vinoly (432 Park Ave. and 22 Thames St.); and Richard Meier (former Con Edison sites on East River).
The Center for Architecture will host unique programs nearly every day in the month of October.
The festival culminates in the Heritage Ball fundraiser on October 23 at Chelsea Piers. Kramer Levin is a benefactor and sole sponsor of four Archtober Programs: the October 6 "Oculus Book Talk with Tom Avermaete and Maristella Casciato," authors of "Casablanca Chandigarth: A Report on Modernization;" the October 17 "Cocktail & Conversations with Daniel Libeskind;" the "Rosenblatt Lecture" by Brad Cloepfil (a headline lecture focusing on issues in the design of cultural facilities); and the October 21 screening of "16 Acres," a much-anticipated film about the development, planning and rebuilding of One World Trade Center.
"We are pleased to continue our long commitment to the AIA and its partners as a key sponsor of Archtober programs," said Michael Sillerman, co-chair with Paul Selver of the Kramer Levin Land Use practice. "We are honored to support the book talks, lectures and film screenings that recognize New York's wealth of architectural talent."