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NEW YORK: Grid City

Moscow Architecture Biennale, May 21-25, 2014

"The Manhattan Grid is sort of the E=MC2 of planning. It is a unified formula that controls and organizes the forces that make the city what it is, what it was, and what it will become."

                                                                                                                                           Rafael Vinoly

“Beauty, order and convenience“ were the terms in which New York’s grid was described by the commission that created it over two hundred years ago. This is how this arguably most important document in the city's history still viewed today. It is the grid that organizes Manhattan and other boroughs into regular horizontal urban blocks on which vertical, seemingly chaotic city stands. Each block or a cluster of blocks, potentially, is a city in itself. In his Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas states: “The grid is, above all, a conceptual speculation.” The grid with its configuration makes a vast impact on how particular blocks are developed and what type of programs and specific forms are imagined. 13 present-day case study projects explore and realize such speculations.  


Curator: Vladimir Belogolovsky, Intercontinental Curatorial Project

Design:  Vladimir Okhulkov, Elena Orlova

Architects: Archi-Tectonics (Winka Dubbeldam), Caples Jefferson Architects, Dattner Architects, Alexander Gorlin Architects, Grimshaw Architects, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Marvel Architects, REX (Joshua Prince-Ramus), Frederic Schwartz Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (SMH+U), TEN Arquitectos (Enrique Norten), Rafael Vinoly Architects

Bart Goldhoorn, Curator of Moscow Architecture Biennale opens New York: Grid City Exhibition