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Online Lecture: NYC’s Iconic Swimming Pools — Architecture to Beat the Heat

Program No. 24483RJ
Join us on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about the massive swimming pools that opened in NYC during the heatwave of 1936.
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At a Glance

In 1936, a string of heatwaves scorched New York City with a record high of 106 degrees. In the midst of a worldwide depression, the city needed some relief, both physically and emotionally. To the cheers of tens of thousands of its most disadvantaged citizens, eleven massive state-of-the-art public swimming pools opened across NYC’s five boroughs. Depression-era Art Deco influences and the works of architect Aymar Embury II and the WPA are still part of summer-time life in New York City. Discover how an investment by the federal government, driving ambition and architectural collaboration all came together to bring recreational infrastructure to the residents.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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