Upcoming Exhibitions

October 2, 2017 January 18, 2018


Scaffolding curated by Greg Barton, examines the extraordinary applications of scaffolding as a kit-of-parts technology to provide novel forms of inhabitation and access. Through an installation designed by Shohei Shigematsu and OMA New York with graphic design by MTWTF, Scaffolding will disrupt the architectural space of the Center for Architecture, instilling a new appreciation of scaffolding and its transformative potential.

Of particular interest to our local New York City audience, scaffolding is a flexible and accessible system hiding in plain sight. Despite its indispensable link to architecture, scaffolding is too often maligned as a necessary nuisance. The exhibition demonstrates how this simple construction technology lends itself to compelling installations, positioning it as a pragmatic tool for radical architecture and civic engagement.

There are an estimated 280 miles of scaffolding occupying New York City at any given time; it is something pedestrians encounter every day. How might we begin to imagine alternative uses and appreciate it anew?

Exhibition Curator: Greg Barton
Exhibition Designer: OMA New York
Exhibition Graphics: MTWTF

Related Programs:
Scaffolding Opening
Monday, October 2, 6:00-8:00 PM

Scaffolding: A Framework for Social Engagement
Saturday, October 7, 1:00-6:00 PM

Theatrical Scaffolding: A Flexible Stage
Thursday, November 9, 6:00-8:00 PM

Responsive Scaffolding: Emergency Relief
Monday, December 4, 6:00-8:00 PM

Image: Kibera Hamlets School by SelgasCano, Helloeverything, and studio.14, photo credit: helloeverything

This exhibition was made by possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:

Scaffolding Underwriter


Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown

2017 AIA New York President’s Circle Patrons

2017 AIA New York President’s Circle Sponsors
Amy Smith & John Berylson Charitable Foundation
New York University
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Zetlin & DeChiara

2017 AIA New York President’s Circle Supporters
AKF Group
Capalino + Company
Ennead Architects LLP
Hill | West Architects
JFK&M Consulting Group
Kohn Pederson Fox
Mancini Duffy
Marvel Architects
Ricci Greene Associates
Riverside Builders
Shawmut Design & Construction
Studios Architecture

2017 AIA New York President’s Circle Friends
Nick Jordache
Kelly Klein
Levien & Company
Jim Panichella
Benjamin Prosky
Jennifer Sage
Sharon Davis Design
Thornton Tomasetti
Nick Villani
Henry Zachary

Scaffolding is supported in part by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

Scaffolding is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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