Never Built New York
Sep 17 2017
Feb 18 2018
Hidden behind New York City’s iconic skyscrapers, sprawling subway system and world famous public parks is the ghost of the city that could have been – a parallel metropolis that can reveal the city’s goals, strengths and challenges.
Never Built New York, co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, invites visitors to discover the New York City that might have been through original prints, drawings, models, installations, and animations. While it may be impossible to re-imagine New York, Never Built explores a city where you could catch a football game in Manhattan, travel via a floating airport, and live in an apartment also acting as a bridge support.
Exploring the alternative paths New York City could have traveled encourages us to think beyond the present tense and push the boundaries of what the future of the metropolis holds.
Sam Lubell is the West Coast Editor of the Architect’s Newspaper and the co‐curator of the recent exhibition, Never Built Los Angeles (2013) at Architecture and Design Museum in LA. He has authored many publications including: Never Built Los Angeles (2013), Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis (2011), Living West (2009), and Paris 2000+ (2007). He has written for many periodicals including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Architectural Review, and several other publications.
Major programming support for the Queens Museum is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support is provided by Ford Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.