Photo by myself of the New York Times Building near Times Square at 41st Street and Eighth Avenue.
The new headquarters for the New York Times was designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano and only completed last fall. The building is a 'green building'. Among its many environmental features, the louvered facade is the most noticeable; the porcelain horizontal struts help provide light while shading the building during the hottest times of the day.
The other morning we woke to news on New York 1, the local 24-hour news channel, that two people had separately climbed the New York Times Building in protest. The first, a Frenchman, was protesting for his environmental cause. The second climber wanted to promote awareness of malaria.
On the way to work all I saw were photos of the climbers on page one. It was bound to happen - the building design is just asking to be climbed.
Personally, I'd have trouble climbing a 52-story building pulling a banner and without using equipment. I have a hard enough time looking out the window of a 10-story building.
Some people will do anything for attention.
For more on the Times Building, click here.
For a photographic tour of the building by Annie Leibovitz, click here.
Related posts: Building For a Greener Environment and Things to Come.