This new exhibit examines the history of density in New York City from tenements to “towers in the park” through the lens of density and its different definitions. What is density? Does the word describe a condition of people or place? Is it people crowded together? Buildings too tightly spaced, or too tall? Or is it a lack of open space on ground level?

Arguments about density have shaped and reshaped New York. Critics of tenement life and housing reformers viewed open space and sunlight as the antidote for overcrowding and created a new vision of master-planned, high-rise, residential communities.

The exhibition emphasizes understanding density as a step to meaningful dialogue about the future of the city.

May 2019 to December 2019
Location: Skyscraper Museum, New York City (39 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280)
Co-curators: Matthias Altwicker and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)