Architecture Exhibitions International

Queens Museum New York City

Never Built New York

Sep 17, 2017–Feb 18, 2018
© Buckminster Fuller, Dome Over Manhattan, 1961

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.

Greg Goldin was the architecture critic at Los Angeles Magazine from 1999 to 2011. In 2011, he was awarded a Getty Institute Research Grant which led to his exhibition Windshield Perspective, Architecture and Design Museum (2013), a study of vernacular Los Angeles architecture. In summer 2013, he co-curated and co‐authored Never Built Los Angeles . His last curatorial contribution was to the Getty Museum’s No Further West (2014), an exhibition about the making of Los Angeles’s Union Station. His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Architect’s Newspaper, and Zocalo, among many others.
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.