Architecture Walking Tour of NYC

After brunch, we stopped by ABC Home to ooh and ahh over designer furniture before embarking on a walking tour. When architects and ex-architects get together, you know we’re gonna end up looking at buildings. Ken lead the tour, but didn’t tell us where we were going!

1/ Our first stop was Fulton Center. I don’t think I’ve ever entered this station from street level. Even though it smelled like pee in that station (yuck) and this photo opp is incredibly cliche, you gotta admit that this shot looking up is pretty cool.

2/ Up next were the 911 memorial fountains. Only one of the fountains were on that day, but they were both very powerful. The way the sunlight glistens as it touches the water is quite spectacular. The another fountain, the one that was off, was incredibly eerie.

3/ We also stopped by the West Concourse of the WTC transportation hub. I’m not too crazy about the exterior, but the interior is pure Calatrava magic. I take the PATH to WTC all the time, and it’ll be great once those interiors are fully completed.

4/ And of course, we had to stop by One World Trade Center aka the rat poop building. Most people are familiar with this building from a distance. This was my first time seeing it up close, and it made for a stunning #nofilter moment. The podium was much more interesting than I expected, and it would be cool if the panels moved throughout the day.

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  • Reply
    annie lee
    March 31, 2015 at 1:01 am

    wow these buildings are beautiful. so futuristic :)

    • Reply
      March 31, 2015 at 9:33 am

      I’m usually rushing around the city. It’s so nice to take the time to stop and look up!

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    Mrs C
    April 1, 2015 at 7:12 am

    One of my boys is considering architecture as one of his study options. I think like many other lines, one has to have a passion for that field. I’m not sure he has enough when it comes to architecture. We shall see where this whole study option would lead him. As a mom, I can only support him but he has to make the choice!

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      April 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Cool! How old is your son? It must be an exciting time for your family. :) If he can, I recommend that he try to take a pre-college program, usually 3-6 weeks during the summer, to get a taste of it before fully committing! It was one of the smartest things I did for myself.

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        Mrs C
        April 1, 2015 at 10:01 am

        He’s 16 and will finish high school June next year after his GCSE exam. Where can he enroll into one of these programs? My other son is set with his direction, but this one he’s really unsure. He doesn’t want to end up with career that he hates later on

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          April 1, 2015 at 1:10 pm

          Many colleges/universities here that offer architecture as a major also have pre-college programs. I imagine there should be similar programs overseas too. Just peek around on their websites! :)

          I got halfway through architecture school before I realized it wasn’t the career for me. I finished school, and luckily, it wasn’t too hard to switch to graphic design. Many of my friends from school also branched out to related fields, like energy consulting, real estate, etc without going back for more school. Your son should be okay even if he changes his mind later on! :)

          • Mrs C
            April 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

            I think he needs to experience the life of an architect for a week or a few days. He went for work experience week at an advertising agency a couple of weeks back and realized that it was not for him. We even got him a personality career test frm the US just to figure out what his talent is. Architecture, computer design and filming apparently are good for his personality but he has to choose one and chose soon. I’ll try and see if the pre-college course is offered here. Thanks for the info :)

          • wazwu
            April 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm

            That’s great that he had that opportunity! I feel like that could benefit a lot of students as they’re getting ready for the next stage in their lives. It definitely would have helped me, haha. I would say the experience can vary pretty wildly from agency to agency, but it’s good exposure nevertheless. Wishing your son the best the luck! Whatever he chooses, it will all work out in the end! :D

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