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Mastering The Metropolis

Mastering The Metropolis

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the New York City zoning code, this exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York examined the history and effects of the city’s zoning laws.

Using concepts and materials that referenced zoning, we designed a gallery space divided into three sections, each corresponding to a key content theme.

We used building materials and truss structures to directly reference construction, reinforcing the idea that zoning code only becomes visible through the act of building. Four large truss structures anchored the gallery, while simultaneously acting as display surfaces. In the center of the room, two large triangular tables displayed original documents and zoning maps. To enhance wall space and allow for breathing room, all artifacts were displayed on vertical surfaces, while the supporting didactic information - including text, diagrams, and models - was exhibited on a long horizontal shelf around the perimeter of the room.


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Project Details

Location: Museum of the City of New York
Spatial Design: Office CY and William Watson
Graphic Design: MGMT
Production: Stand and Build
Photography: Images 1,3 courtesy MCNY
Installation Photography: Sean Hemmerle