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This weekend at the 92Y, learn about the future of NYC's skyline

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With a skyline that changes as often, and as dramatically, as New York City's, even residents who don't fancy themselves design buffs end up with an ingrained appreciation for architecture. Besides pure aesthetics, the design of our buildings affects everything from how we move about our homes to how much natural sunlight can reach the sidewalk.

In the name of figuring out what's in store for our cityscape over the coming years (and decades), the 92nd Street Y, working with real estate PR firm Hundred Stories, is hosting the City of Tomorrow: Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit this Friday and Saturday, putting together a series of talks, events, and panels looking at everything from forthcoming buildings to the much-hyped Lowline project to co-living spaces to the evolution of amenities.

The talks will take place Friday evening and all day Saturday (each day is ticketed separately), including Friday's session, Building the New New York, featuring heavy hitter developers Jeff Blau, Harry Macklowe, and Ian Schrager discussing the projects that are about to change the look and feel of our city.

It's unclear whether there'll also be a discussion on the controversies surrounding supertalls and rapid gentrification that some of these new buildings bring, though one panel, Saturday's Changing NYC Neighborhoods, is described as addressing how new developments can change the entire fabric of city neighborhoods. 

"We're basically exploring the idea of, when you're bringing in the kinds of projects neighborhoods have never seen before, how do you approach it," says Miller Samuel appraiser Jonathan Miller, who will be moderating the discussion. "How do you get approval, work with the community, address transportation."

Elsewhere, NYC's Landmarks: Reimagined looks at the struggle to update and restore city landmarks while preserving their historic feel; and Buildings for 'Me,' examines the shift away from traditional amenities towards more personalized community and lifestyle-oriented extras.

The full list of events can be found here, where tickets can also be purchased. If you already spend your weekends wandering the city gazing up at the combination of new and old buildings, consider this a supplement.