Office CY

Mastering The Metropolis

Mastering The Metropolis

This exhibition coincided with the 100th anniversary of the New York City zoning code. The gallery space was divided into three sections that each corresponded to a key content theme. The materials and truss structure make a clear reference to construction language and are meant to reinforce the idea that it is only through the act of building that the zoning code becomes visible.

Four large truss structures anchor the gallery and create display surfaces to increase wall space. In the center of the room are two large triangular tables that each hold original documents and zoning maps.

All artifacts are placed on vertical surfaces while all supporting didactic information including text, diagrams, and models are displayed on a long horizontal shelf that wraps the perimeter of the room. This helps reduce the visual clutter on the wall surface and gives the artifacts more breathing 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