How are architects’ ideas about design and urbanism expressed in their buildings, and how do those ideas evolve over time, in different projects and circumstances? Open House New York announces Monograph in Motion, a new series of tours that will periodically explore the work of a single design firm to consider how its ideas about architecture and the city are translated into built form. Monograph in Motion celebrates the architects and designers who have done so much to positively shape our experience of the city and to help us better appreciate the complexities of what it takes to design, build, and sustain New York.

This spring, the inaugural Monograph in Motion will explore the work of FXFOWLE Architects. With an unflagging commitment to improving the public realm for nearly four decades, FXFOWLE has been a forerunner in sustainable design and pioneered new models for more integrated building processes. In projects that span scale and typology–from neighborhood schools to iconic office towers that have transformed the skyline–FXFOWLE has left an indelible mark on New York City.

FXFOWLE’s new monograph Reveal Filter Evolve Effect (ORO Editions, 2015) is a four-volume set that adheres to shared bodies of ideas, and celebrates key concepts that define the firm’s creative philosophy and design methodology. The four terms crystallize the ideas that motivate FXFOWLE’s work–from individual structures to city plans. We invite you to explore these themes through the following sites with us over the coming month:


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The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm

Explore the home of one of the most revered places in New York City’s performing arts world with FXFOWLE principal Michael Syracuse. Learn about the firm’s collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the renovation and expansion of Alice Tully Hall, which created an additional 39,000 square feet of rehearsal and performance space atop Juilliard’s 1969 building, part of the Lincoln Center campus.





Jacob K Javits Convention Center, Green Roof

Javits Center Revitalization

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00 pm

Get an inside look at the revitalization of the city’s premier venue for large-scale conventions and trade shows with Bruce Fowle, FXFOWLE founding principal, Alan Steel, President and CEO, New York Convention Center Operating Corporation and Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science, New York City Audubon. Go behind the scenes to learn about FXFOWLE’s design for adapting this massive building to make it more sustainable and better integrated into the fabric of the city. The tour will include a trip to the top of the building to see the largest green roof in New York City, and the city’s newest bird habitat.




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Eleven Times Square/Times Square Redevelopment

Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:00 pm

Join FXFOWLE senior partner Dan Kaplan for a walking tour of 42nd Street to learn about the integral role the firm played in the area’s dramatic transformation over the past two decades, through the design of projects like 4 Times Square, the Reuters Building, and the New York Times Building (in association with Renzo Piano Building Workshop). The tour will end with a trip to FXFOWLE’s Eleven Times Square for a nighttime view of the Crossroads of the World.