New York

Mark Robbins

Clocktower Productions

In this first installment of a trilogy of traveling exhibitions, architect Mark Robbins surveyed historic and contemporary New York, to create artifacts and environments that explore this city and the phenomenology of cities more generally. Rather than constructing literal or mimetic architectural spaces, Robbins made large-scale objects that could be climbed on and moved through in order to explore the psychological effect of participation in the city.

Framing American Cities is a broad examination of three emblematic cities: New York, Columbus, Ohio, and San Francisco. Though based on the ubiquitous and egalitarian grid, the organization of these different urban centers has been inflected by particular pressures and conditions; they each have distinguishing architectures and topographies. These three documented locations evidence this evolving pattern of migration and development that

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