New York

“Room in the City”

City Gallery

This exhibition featured architectural models and drawings by five architects and four teams of architects who had been selected to renovate individual apartments in a tenement building on New York’s Mott Street. The nine living units ranged in size from 250 to 450 square feet, and the suggested construction budget for each unit was $15,000 (although that figure was not strictly adhered to). Fortunately, the premises of the project made this something other than an exercise in small-scale real-estate development. While the individuals and small groups worked autonomously, they had opportunities during the development of their designs to meet and discuss the various attitudes brought to bear on both stated and desired objectives. The context itself set a rich, critical atmosphere. Mott Street represents, in microcosm, the variegated cultural flux that is responsible for the city’s vitality

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