Other American Cities Take On The Grid


L’Enfant Plan for Washington D.C., as replicated by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1887. Credit: Library of Congress, Geography and Maps Division

Other American Cities Take On The Grid
Gary Hack, Joseph Heathcott, and Martin Moeller
Moderated by Hilary Ballon
Thursday, April 5, 2012
6:30 p.m.
The Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

Co-sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York, The New School for Public Engagement, and the Architectural League of New York. Presented in conjunction with The Greatest Grid, The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 and The Unfinished Grid: Design Speculations for Manhattan.

Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago are all gridded cities—and each designed a template different from New York’s right angles, which accommodate real estate growth so well. Washington’s wide boulevards and diagonals allow for open civic spaces and monuments; and different proportions for rectangular blocks created widely varying urban experiences in Philadelphia and Chicago. The Greatest Grid’s curator Hilary Ballon moderates a panel discussion with Gary Hack, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania; Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Design at The New School; and Martin Moeller, Senior Vice President and curator at the National Building Museum to explore how the original grid patterns of Washington, Philadelphia, and Chicago shaped the growth of these cities and continue to influence their distinct characters today.

Reservations required through the Museum of the City of New York. Members and friends of the Architectural League can receive half price tickets by entering the code Arch45 upon check-out. Register by clicking here.

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