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Art Diary

Architecture Now: New York, New Publics

24 February 2023

From waterfront parks to subway stations, this exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (until 29 July) brings together 12 design proposals that imagine ways of making public space more accessible in New York City. The show is the first in a series of exhibitions which aims to highlight emerging talent in contemporary architecture and includes models, sketches, drawings and photographs alongside videos that provide a glimpse into how these spaces might be used on a daily basis. Highlights include an augmented reality design by Kinfolk that places François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, the Haitian general and leader of the Haitian revolution, in the centre of Columbus Circle while SWA Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi’s landscaping project Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, which opened in 2018, provides an example of how green space can be effectively incorporated into the city. Find out more on MoMA’s website.

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The Monuments Project. Manhattan, 2022. Proposal for an augmented reality monument in honour of General Toussaint Louverture on Columbus Circle by Kinfolk. Image: Kinfolk

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, 2009-18, designed by SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi. Photo: courtesy SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI; © Lloyd/SWA

Jones Beach Energy & Research Center, 2018-20, designed by nARCHITECTS. Photo: Michael Moran