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Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures The Architecture and Development of New York City with Andrew S. Dolkart
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Smaller buildings using the same expressive use of concrete also appear in New York. New York University undertook a major expansion in the mid-1950s, designed by Marcel Breuer, one of the architects trained at the Bauhaus, who came to America during World War II and established an office in New York. And more than any other architect perhaps active in New York during this period, Breuer had a feel for the properties of materials, and juxtaposes natural materials and man-made materials in a most dramatic and expressive manner.

And you can see the Begrisch Lecture Hall here, rising above a natural stone wall. Natural stones are used to create the base wall and then concrete that's patterned—it's cut into geometric shapes—rises up almost as if it's going to shoot off the ground, to create this centerpiece for a new science campus at NYU.


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