The City We Imagined / The City We Made

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The City We Imagined/The City We Made: New New York 2001-2010
An exhibition about architecture, planning, and development in New York since 2001
May 7–June 26, 2010 (250 Hudson Street)
July 2–August 15, 2010 (Governors Island, Building 110)

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The City We Imagined/The City We Made: New New York 2001-2010 is the sixth in an ongoing series of Architectural League exhibitions about contemporary architecture in New York City. This installment takes as its subject the design, planning, and building of New York in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Beginning in 2001, an array of powerful forces converged to dramatically transform large portions of the city. The events of September 11, the policies and priorities of the Bloomberg administration, the volatile ups and downs of the global and local economies, advances in material and construction technologies, and a new interest among the public in leading edge architecture all combined to reshape New York in ways that we may not fully grasp for decades to come. The City We Imagined/The City We Made documents this recent chapter in the city’s history, providing an overview of the most notable projects and proposals, plans and initiatives, so that New Yorkers can begin to shape an overall understanding of the decade and consider what the cumulative impact of this era of planning and building might be.

The exhibition includes:

The City We Imagined: A timeline of the major architecture and planning events of the past ten years.

The City We Made: 1000 photographs taken by the New New York Photography Corps, a volunteer group of nearly one hundred architects and design professionals who spent more six months, beginning in October 2009, documenting the city.

Archipelago: A video production of Urban Omnibus, exploring a day in the life of five New York neighborhoods: Hunts Point, Jamaica, Mariner’s Harbor, Downtown Brooklyn, and Chelsea. Click here to watch.

Observations on the Changing City: Video interviews with leading New Yorkers including, William Aguado, former Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts; Tom Angotti, Director, Hunter College Center for Community Planning; Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society; Jonathan Bowles, Director, Center for an Urban Future; Vishaan Chakrabarti, Director, Real Estate Program, Columbia University GSAPP; Barbara Corcoran, former president, The Cocoran Group; Elizabeth Egbert, President/CEO, Staten Island Museum; Omar Freilla, Founder, Green Worker Cooperatives; Thelma Golden, Director, Studio Museum in Harlem; Richard Kahan, Executive Director, Urban Assembly;  Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts; Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council; Rosemary Wakeman, Director, Urban Studies Program, Fordham University; and Paul Steely White, Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives.

Curator: Gregory Wessner
Exhibition Design: Moorhead & Moorhead
Graphic Design: PS New York
Photo Advisor: Esto

New New York 2001-2010 is generously supported by:
Lead Sponsor Sciame Construction Corp.
Associate Sponsor Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Additional support has been provided by Jack Resnick & Sons; the Bernheimer Family; NRI: National Reprographics Inc; and the J. Clawson Mills Fund of the Architectural League. League programs are also made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

From May 7 through June 26, The City We Imagined/The City We Made was on view in a pop-up space at 250 Hudson Street. The League thanks Renee Schoonbeek of the Hudson Square Connection and Jonathan Dean and James Cosentino of Jack Resnick & Sons for their assistance in arranging that venue for the exhibition.