Roberto Brambilla: a Life in Tribeca, Spanning 4 Decades

May 08, 2018 392

BY: Laura Wagner

Roberto Brambilla, an Italian-born architect, began his professional work in Mayor John Lindsey’s Office in Tribeca, in the early ‘70s. His early projects envisioned pedestrian zones along Madison Avenue and Times Square (which were not virtually realized until  over 40 years later). 

Roberto is a visionary, who has witnessed enormous change in the downtown landscape, since moving there in 1970, when the streets were dotted with abandoned factory buildings and open parking lots. Tribeca was typically referred to as the lower west side.  The predominance of empty commercial space attracted many artists to the area. Since the ‘80s, large-scale conversion has transformed Tribeca into an upscale community. 

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