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Making Never Built New York

Avery Hall, 4th floor gallery
Sep 3, 2017 - Oct 14, 2017

This exhibition documents the Columbia GSAPP Fabrication Lab’s recent partnership with the Queens Museum on the exhibition Never Built New York. Co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, and designed by Christian Wassman, Never Built New York presents “the ghost of a city that could have been.” Spanning two centuries, the exhibition features nearly 200 visionary proposals for New York City that include bridges, skyscrapers, master plans, parks, airports, and extensions of the city. Bringing together original prints, drawings, models, installations and animations, Never Built New York constructs a parallel metropolis that reveals the city’s goals and challenges—past, present and future.

During the summer of 2017 the GSAPP Fabrication Lab worked closely with the show’s curators and Queens Museum staff to realize an ambitious installation for the exhibition: an intervention in the museum’s iconic panoramic model of New York City. Using drawings and images culled from Avery Library and Drawings & Archives, a team of GSAPP students constructed digital models of projects featured in Never Built New York, which were then 3D-printed at the GSAPP Fabrication Lab. These physical models have been placed in the Queens Museum’s panoramic model of New York at each project’s intended site, offering an extraordinary bird’s-eye view of the “city that could have been.”

Before sending the 3D-printed models to the Queens Museum, GSAPP invited architectural photographer James Ewing to photograph a selection of models created by students. Through surprising juxtapositions and inventive staging techniques, Ewing’s photographic essay—on display here—expands the imaginative potential of Never Built New York.
Building Never Built New York

Friday, September 8, 2017 1PM

Greg Goldin, Writer and Co-Curator, Never Built New York
Larissa Harris, Curator, Queens Museum of Art
Sam Lubell, Writer and Co-Curator, Never Built New York
Christian Wassmann, Principal, Studio Christian Wassmann

In conversation with Josh Jordan, Fabrication Lab Director, and Tei Carpenter, Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP.