Storefront for Art and Architecture’s latest exhibition, Sharing Models: Manhattanisms explores future urbanism in New York City. Thirty international architects were selected to create their own vision of the city’s future within a slice of the island.
The exhibition focuses on “the complexity and interconnectedness of globalization,” specifically how this re-orients us away from trends emphasizing individualization and towards new forms of collectivity. Emerging technologies and economies force us to re-examine how we conceptualize travel, work, shelter and social engagement.
The space has been set up to mimic the length of Manhattan---each artist’s model corresponding to their geographic section of the island. The topographic models are made from a variety of materials, from plastic to copper, hologram to cake. Along the wall are a selection of graphic designs of the same nature, which show conceptual organizational designs of the city. A simultaneously fictional and real territory is explored.
The exhibit is a colorful and interactive space envisioning the ways in which Manhattan and urban life can be contemplated. By merging art and architecture, one feels as though they have entered a future-focused section of a world fair where imagination meets urban studies to playfully discuss the larger questions surrounding inhabiting and constructing urban space and the public sphere.
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