World’s Fair panel discussion to explore its design legacy

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KATRINA MEDOFF

International engineering company Thornton Tomasetti organized a panel discussion about the 1964 World’s Fair that will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Center for Architecture.

The panel discussion, entitled “50 Years Later: What is the Design Legacy of the 1964 World’s Fair?” will examine the innovation that the World’s Fair inspired and explore how that creativity in design, engineering and construction can be rekindled today.

Moderating the panel will be the company’s chairman and CEO, Thomas Z. Scarangello, who visited the World’s Fair as a child.

Charles H. Thornton, a founding principal of Thornton Tomasetti, will participate in the discussion. While still a graduate student, he helped develop the elliptical bicycle wheel tension roof structure featured at the World’s Fair’s New York State Pavillion. He also worked on the 1964-65 pavilions for Kodak and Travelers Insurance.

Other panel members who helped design and build the 1964 World’s Fair will include Vincent DeSimone, Ken Hiller, Frank Marino and Alan Ritchie.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan. To register for the free event, click here.

 

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