Upcoming Exhibitions

July 6 - August 27, 2011

Mapping the Cityscape

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Manhattan Grid, Mapping the Cityscape focuses on the ways in which mapping influences our perception of the environment. Historically, cartographers created maps to document the built environment to ease navigation and ensure the safety of both city dwellers and travelers. With developments in desktop publishing, mapmakers were empowered with tools to create diagrammatic and interpretive maps that conveyed more layers of information. Maps began to move beyond the pure documentation of our surroundings to a more holistic understanding of place.

Technological advances, including the advent of GIS (Geographic Information System), Google maps, and smart phone technology, have further expanded the scope of the medium to embrace user-generated input. This has also enabled the juxtaposition of more complex datasets, resulting in more publicly accessible information.

Mapping the Cityscape addresses the state of mapmaking by showing some of the most provocative maps of Manhattan from 1609 – 2011, including ecological, historic, transportation, planning, cultural, civic data, and aerial maps. We encourage design professionals from all disciplines and the general public to explore and engage these new methodologies to better shape our urban landscape.

Curators / Exhibition Design: Abby Suckle FAIA; Seetha Raghupathy
Project Team: David Giglio; Ernesto Martinez; Anne Lewison AIA RAIC;  Kate Diebler; Jianxing Chen; Jessica Edwards; Anna Heineman; Courtney Williams; Caroline Kaplan

Betaville- Brooklyn Experimental Media Center
Center for Urban Research - City University of New York
New York Public Library
Spatial Information Design Lab- Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at Columbia University
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tauranac Maps
The Environmental Simulation Center, Ltd.

Dattner Architects

Related Programing:

Opening Reception

Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 6-8pm

From Maps to Apps: cultureNOW's Museum Without Walls Project
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 6-8pm

Mapping Manhattan
Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 6-8pm

Mapping Risk
Thursday, July 21, 2011, 6-8pm

Museum Without Walls: Blurring Boundaries
Monday, July 25, 2011, 6-8pm

Planning for the Future: Integrating Art & Architecture into a Digital Cultural Landscape
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 6-8pm

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