The Times blog City Room carries the sad news that the Urban Center and Urban Center Books, both invaluable resources for the city’s architecture and urban planning communities, will be closing when the Municipal Arts Society vacates their historic space in the Villard Houses (pictured) on Madison Avenue at 51st Street on January 23. (The bookstore, incidentally, is having a 40 percent off sale on all their beautiful, pricey goods for the next week.)
Since the Urban Center opened in 1980, it has always served as a venue where citizens and professionals alike have come to discuss and discover the various projects and ideas that are changing the cityscape. Subsequent architecture galleries like the Center for Architecture and the Storefront for Art and Architecture have been modeled after the Urban Center to be both exhibition spaces and venues for debate and exchange. Though the Municipal Arts Society, which runs the Center, holds out the possibility that it will reopen in the fall, how or where that will happen is very unclear.
(photo: g.bugel via Flickr)