Open House New York’s Monograph in Motion, which kicked off this past spring, is an ongoing series of public tours that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. Monograph in Motion tours look at how architects’ larger ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through their buildings, and how those ideas evolve over time across multiple projects.

The next installment of the Monograph in Motion series, to take place this November, will explore the work of Dattner Architects, a firm that has shown a deep commitment to democratizing great design since its earliest days. Tours of three selected projects will provide an overview of this firm’s extraordinarily broad range, and how its work has shaped the city at every level: from the creation of housing that is as beautiful as it is affordable, to the crafting of mass transit infrastructure that is both functional and attractive, to the design of educational facilities that uplift and inspire.


Feirstein School Brooklyn College

Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema,
Brooklyn College at Steiner Studios

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6:00 pm

Housed on the top floors of a recently restored former naval building and crowned with a “grand forum” featuring sweeping views over Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn College’s brand new Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is a state-of-the-art facility at the Steiner Studios complex within the Brooklyn Navy Yard that contains full production and post production spaces, including sound-editing rooms, a foley studio, and sound stage. Join Dattner’s Daniel Heuberger, Mia Lee, and Maya Maxwell for a tour of New York City’s first public graduate film school, and the only school of its kind on a working film lot.





CAMBA Housing Ventures’ 97 Crooke Avenue: Reverend Dan Ramm Residence

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
9:00 am

Join Dattner’s William Stein and Catherine Selby to learn about how they worked within a unique, long-vacant triangular lot along an MTA subway line in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to create a sustainable, nine-story building containing 53 units of affordable and supportive housing for lower-income community residents and formerly homeless individuals who are exiting the City’s shelter system. The award-winning project, developed by nonprofit CAMBA Housing Ventures, features on-site social services provided by CAMBA, a landscaped rear yard and roof terrace, and a robust art collection.




7 line -34th St Station

New 34th Street / Hudson Yards Subway Station

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 pm

The first new stop added to the New York City subway in more than a quarter-century sets a new standard for the system, and features a site-specific artwork by Xenobia Bailey, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Designed by Dattner Architects in collaboration with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, the station opened on September 13, 2015. Hear from Dattner’s Beth Greenberg and Emily Kotsaftis about how abundant indirect light and column-free spaces were employed to engender a sense of safety and openness unusual in a deep underground station.




Image credits: Dattner Architects; Vanni Archive Architectural Photography; David Sundberg/ESTO