Publications Featuring Kevin Kennon Architects


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MoMA Contemporary Highlights: 250 Works since 1980 

This scheme for five linked towers was designed by a project-specific team of architects for the site of the former World Trade Center towers. The principal elements of each tower are a twenty-foot-square concrete core and two or more column-free volumes of habitable space that wrap around it. The supporting framework is a diagonally braced skin; its flexibility and strength allow the exterior tubes to expand and contract as they wrap around the core, producing the dynamic appearance of the ensemble. Each of the five towers is designed to be a self-supporting structure. Conjoined, they are able to resist tremendous forces through mutual support, and unlike a traditional freestanding vertical tower, they offer multiple routes of escape and firefighting access. A "sky park" creates a lofty horizon at the fifty-fifth floor, linking all the towers and bringing public access and social space to the highest common point of the five structures.

A Modern Renaissance Man


Shortly after 9/11, Rockwell worked with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a New York–based architecture firm, and Kevin Kennon, another New York architect, to design and build a temporary viewing platform at the World Trade Center site. It allowed more than a million visitors to pay their respects until the National September 11 Memorial and Museum took its place. The Rockwell Group also designed Lower Manhattan’s creative, forward-thinking Imagination Playground at Burling Slip.

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“Scaffolding” Kicks off Archtober at the Center for Architecture


Scaffolding curated by Greg Barton, examines the extraordinary applications of scaffolding as a kit-of-parts technology to provide novel forms of inhabitation and access. Through an installation designed by Shohei Shigematsu and OMA New York with graphic design by MTWTF, Scaffolding will disrupt the architectural space of the Center for Architecture, instilling a new appreciation of scaffolding and its transformative potential.

The new World Trade Center could have been a 70-story interconnected ‘city in the sky' 

by  Dana Varinsky

Nearly 15 years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the area of downtown Manhattan that was destroyed is nearly rebuilt. The soaring Freedom Tower now stands taller than any other building in the city, and the cascading memorials sit dark and solemn in memory of those who lost their lives.

Architecture can feel like a paltry gesture in times like ours

by Mimi Zeiger

Meaningful architectural reactions to crises may take time, but quick temporary structures can be just as effective, and both are far preferable to not responding at all.

City Landscapes, Retail Reflections

By Eric Feigenbaum

SoHo’s creative energy drives a new retail model. Even as a lifelong New Yorker, this city continues to amaze me every single day; there’s a new discovery at every turn. A Sunday stroll through the alleyways of Chinatown, along the cobblestones of SoHo or the corridors of midtown, will reveal the many twists and interwoven intricacies of New York’s multifaceted tapestry. The heartbeat of our culture pulsates through the smalls of Pell Street to the grandiose nature of Fifth Avenue.

Passage To Panama

By Eric Feigenbaum

Luxury department store Felix B. Maduro drops its anchor in Panama’s Soho Mall


Good Design Is Good Business

by Linda C. Lentz

You don't need retail savvy to sense the success of the two-year-old women's shoe department on the second floor of Macy's Herald Square. A consolidation of smaller, obscure shops scattered around the building, the 39,000-square-foot sales area offers an array of footwear from luxury to budget, arranged by type or brand in individual boutiques or open 'rooms.' It also features a caf', with newly exposed windows overlooking Broadway.

Daytonian in Manhattan

The stories behind the buildings, statues and other points of interest that make Manhattan fascinating.

A Touch of Artistic License

DO you remember that smart, funny guy in high school who was so nice he danced with the girl nobody else would dance with? Kevin Kennon, now a high-powered architect with an office in Lower Manhattan, is that guy.

The Story Behind the First Piece of Public Architecture at Ground Zero 


In the weeks after 9/11, two NYC architects undertook a bold first step in memorializing the site of the fallen towers.