Completed in 1968 by the firm of Roche-Dinkeloo , the Ford Foundation Building was the first large-scale architectural building in the country to devote a substantial portion of its space to horticultural pursuits. Its well-known atrium was designed with the notion of having urban greenspace accessible to all and is an example of the application in architecture of environmental psychology . The building was recognized in 1968 by the Architectural Record as "a new kind of urban space". This design concept was used by others for many of the indoor shopping malls and skyscrapers built in subsequent decades. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building a landmark in the mid-1990s.
Ford-funded NGOs led the campaign against Israel at the UN World Conference Against Racism, at Durban in 2001. Although Fords 2007 database of direct grants does not include NGOs which exploit human rights rhetoric as part of the Durban strategy of demonizing Israel, NGO Monitors research shows that many of these NGOs including PCHR, Miftah and PHRO continued to receive Ford Foundation support in 2007. These findings raise serious questions of Fords transparency and its commitment to its own post-Durban guidelines. There is also a real possibility that Ford-funded NGOs will again lead the demonization of Israel at the 2009 follow-up conference to Durban.