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Nina Rappaport

Publications Director, Yale School of Architecture & Project Director, Vertical Urban Factory

Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. She is interested in the intersection of industry, infrastructure along with activating historic preservation in new ways. For eighteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the studio book series.

She currently directs Vertical Urban Factory, a think tank and consultancy, which includes a recently published 480-page book with Actar of the same name. The project includes a traveling exhibition (on display in New York, Detroit, Toronto, London, and Lausanne) and development projects to maintain industry in cities. A current project is the installation, A Worker’s Lunch Box, of her films of factory workers in Philadelphia on view at Slought through July.

She recently wrote in Building News and Docomomo London’s magazine about Owen Williams’ Sainsbury’s factory now being demolished in London.

She curated the exhibitions Ezra Stoller: Photographer in Washington, D.C., The Swiss Section at the Van Alen Institute, in New York, and co-curated Saving Corporate Modernism, at Yale. She is co-editor of the book, Ezra Stoller: Photographer, author of the book, Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation, and co-author of the book, Long Island City: Connecting the Arts with the Design Trust for Public Space.

She has taught industrial urbanism, urban design theory, and has co-taught architecture studios at Syracuse New York City, Parsons School of Design, Barnard College, City College, and Yale School of Architecture. She has written numerous essays on structural design, architecture, and industrial landscapes for international journals and magazines and she lectures widely.

She is a founder of Docomomo US and Docomomo New York/Tri-State for which she was President for four years and is currently Vice President. With them she has been working on the design approvals for Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center and the safeguarding of Bell Laboratories among other advocacy projects. She has been on the Preservation Committee of the Municipal Art Society of New York for twenty years. And she is on the program committee of the Design Trust for Public Space.

Adaptive Reuse  2017

Adaptive Reuse  2016

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