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    Nora Almeida

    Listen to WNYC: New York City Landmarks Law. Respond: What is the “Bard Act” and how does it impact urban development?

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    Victoria Cotis

    What is the “Bard Act” and how does it impact urban development?

    Bard act is a protection of historic places, buildings and works of art across New York State authority that needed to pass local laws to protect landmarks. The Landmarks Preservation Commission officially recognized that a building has a special historical, cultural, or aesthetic value and that a building is an important part of New York City’s historical and architectural heritage. To help protect the city’s landmarks from inappropriate changes or destruction, the Commission must approve in advance any alteration, reconstruction, demolition, or new construction affecting the designated the building. Each historic district represents at least one period or style of architecture typical of one or more eras in the city’s history. Historic districts may contain a variety of building types and styles from several different areas.



    The Bard act basically gave an area or neighborhood the right to pass local laws to protect their landmarks. There was a threat to Grand Central that created a sense of urgency to adopt the act. It’s impact on urban development was far reaching and made it so that when people visited the city and went back to their cities they wanted to beautify them and make them more welcoming to tourist. (At least that what I garnered from this)



    Respond: What is the “Bard Act” and how does it impact urban development?
    In 1956, the New York State Legislature passed the “Bard Act”. The name came a lawyer, Alberts. Bard. The purpose of that was to protect all historic landmarks and spaces. Today, New York is a urban city, and lands are super expensive. The old buildings/lands design did not reach the high efficiency standard in the modern city. However, the law has been protest 1347 individual landmarks, 117 interior landmarks, and 10 scenic landmarks. The New York’s landmarks preservation law was only changed the New York city, but also it has been changed in many cities and countries development.

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    The BARD Act gives New York State neighborhoods authority or a voice to regulate the buildings and specific areas based on architectural style and meaning to the community. The BARD Act led to the New York City Landmarks Law. The New York City Landmarks Law protects landmarks but it seems that a building has to be approved as a landmark before it could be protected by this law.
    This can impact urban development on a short term basis and a long term basis. Short term because maybe a building only has architectural value and something else can go in place of that building that can make money for the neighborhood. I believe this is what happened to the original Penn Station, Air space was more valuable than architectural value. Long term because a building that has architectural value would attract more people to live in the neighborhood thus growing it.


    sotir zhupa

    Essentially the Bard Act is a protection of historical buildings and spaces in New York. The impact on urban development can be viewed as both positive and negative. Positive, because it is keeping these historical landmarks intact that can attract tourists. But in my opinion it can also be negative because these buildings are taking up space that can be used for new businesses or tourist attractions.



    The Bard Act is a law to protect landmarks. It grew out of a concern for civic beauty and inspired generations of architects, city planners, and civic leaders. The Bard Act impact urban city today, Grand Central Terminal is one of the examples. GCT has protected by the Bard Act and GCT attracts tourists. GCT contributes to the achievement of economic and social development in New York City. Not only Grand Central Terminal, but also other historical places and buildings do.


    Bryan Ortiz

    The Bard act is the law that was made to protect landmarks in New York State, and led to the NYC Landmark Law in the city. The law was enacted in 1956. This law impacted urban development , for it saved buildings with historical value. Grand Central Terminal was a prime example. In 1954, GCT was in danger of being demolished just as Penn Station did. So the law not only saved GCT, but helped keep historical buildings stay for years to come.


    Jesus Mendoza

    The Bard Act:

    The Bard Act was first passed in 1956 and was a complete turn around for New York state. It allowed cities within our fine state to secure places they deemed as landmarks. It was a brand new preservation system that would save many beautiful and often times old places in the near future. This was a complete shift of how the city was originally viewed. Often times land owners could just pop up and say” you know what this building is ugly so we might as well destroy it.” With this new act in place many sites would be spared from being demolished and granted the chance to live for many years to come. It changed the way the city viewed urban development. Now certain areas were off limits when it came to building brand new structures. It was also amazing that many places would soon be granted the respect they deserved. In the end it was an act that allowed many New York civilians to see some of the cities past accomplishments in real time.


    Maryse Maurice

    What is the “BARD ACT” and how does it impact urban development? “The Bard Actprovided localities across New York State the authority they needed to regulate the built environment based on aesthetics, and was the New York State legislation that enabled the creation of a New York City landmarks law”(Sam Markham). It is a law to protect historical landmarks. It impact urban development by saving historical sites that can be provided other services. Lack of action


    Richard Lok

    The bard act gave different areas throughout New York the power to pass laws in order to protect historic landmarks. It had an impact on urban development because it prevented future properties from either destroying, replacing, or modifying those landmarks. The protection of these landmarks still stands with historical value as it becomes remarkable tourist attractions.



    What is the “Bard Act” and how does it impact urban development?

    The Bard Act was an act passed in 1956, this allowed cities within New York to enable the preservation of landmarks in a lot of historic cities, The Bard Act managed to make way for the preservation of Grand Central. This Act impacts urban development because it keeps historic buildings across New York City worth preserving even for the future when technology advances and architecture changes this act helps protect historical buildings for people across New York City remember this city past.


    Noorul Ain

    What is the “Bard Act” and how does it impact urban development?

    Brad Act is law to protect historical landmarks in New York City. It passed in 1956. This act helped the preservation of GC. It impact urban development because usually the historical buildings are huge and take up much space, and it’s hard to maintain them with time. Instead of keeping them city can build new modern buildings. Which is good for city. It’s true that historical building always attract tourist but some times it’s not a good idea to preserve the historical building.


    Joyce Tam

    New York Legislature passed the first historic preservation law known as the Bard Act in 1956. I believe that historical landmarks should be preserved because of it’s intrinsic value. Most historical buildings were made with higher quality materials and built with different sets of standards which we might not follow today due to economical reasons. Other reasons for the various architectural styles might be due to cultural and aesthetic influences based on the architects and engineers who designed it. I don’t fully believe that any idea is original. Every new idea is derived from possible fleeting or concrete thoughts, moments, and experiences surrounding us. Therefore, any new buildings must have been derived from existing buildings. This is seen in landmarks such as Grand Central Terminal which we have been studying in class. I believe that it will impact urban development because of such ideas. Many fields within engineering will develop new materials, structural methods and many related properties when designing or building a new structure, and there will be others who does not care for the history or significance of various iconic buildings which was why the Bard Act was much needed. This revolutionized how everyone view these old historic landmarks today.


    Steven Baculima

    The Bard Act provided localities across New York State the authority they needed to pass local laws to protect landmarks, and was the New York State legislation that enabled the creation of a New York City Landmarks Law. Its impact on urban development is that it limits the amount of new architecture to replace the old landmarks that have been preserved having this allows for the public to still visit sites with a historical background and attracts tourists.

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