New York Notes

Here's a few New York things of note: an exhibition, a museum, a proposal, and a look at the city in 250 years.

Work AC: 49 Cities
An exhibition on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture until May 30.
"49 Cities sets out to crunch the numbers of several centuries of unrealized urbanism, all the way from the Roman city to the great utopian projects of the 20th century. Through plans, sections, diagrams, charts and scale drawings,
49 cities are observed statistically and presented in an unprecedented comparative study, the result of a research project conducted over several years. Despite the fact that they never actually existed, this history of utopian urbanism provides a remarkable insight into our understanding of the contemporary metropolis."
[Click the image above for a 20-page PDF sample (9+ mb) of the catalog for Work AC: 49 Cities.]

Meier Model Museum Reopens to the Public
Metropolis Magazine reports,
"In two weeks, Richard Meier will once again begin welcoming visitors to his Long Island City model warehouse, a 3,600-square-foot studio filled with more than a hundred architectural mock-ups...Visitation is by appointment on alternate Fridays beginning May 1; to schedule an appointment, call Richard Meier & Partners Architects at 212-967-6060."

Realize Hudson Rise
This proposal for Lower Manhattan compiles,
"prominent neighborhood residents including Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, James Gandolfini, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, John Slattery, Talia Balsam, Michael Stipe, Casey Affleck, Kirsten Dunst and others who have voiced their support for saving our Lower Manhattan neighborhood and working together to create Hudson Rise at St. John’s Park. The initiative reinvisions the city’s proposal to build a gigantic, two acre sanitation mega-facility at Spring & Canal Streets."
[The design team is Zakrzewski Hyde Architects and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architets and Planners.]

Procedural uses various computer software to envision New York City in 250 years, inspired by The Fifth Element.



  1. I love that pamphlet on utopian cities. The fear index is really insightful. That booklet seems to be a great example of concise but dense architectural research. Can anyone think of other examples?

  2. Buckminster Fuller was known to claim that even he couldn't make predictions of more than 50 years into the future. Nonetheless the video and imagery are fascinating and it's impossible not to speculate what will become of Manhattan in the next several hundred years.

  3. I would love to see the bubble over Manhattan. That would be an amazing world to live and work. I can see energy savings to be a clear advantage.


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