Never Built New York - the exhibition catalogue from New York Queens Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Never Built New York

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'Compiling nearly 200 plans that came to naught, Never Built New York (Metropolis Books) imagines an alternative city of fairy-castle skyscrapers, pneumatic tubes, man-made islands, and river-spanning jetports' - Elle Decor

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Accompanying an exhibition at New York Queen's Museum, this lively book looks at nearly 200 unbuilt architectural proposals for New York. The proposals span 200 years encompass bridges, skyscrapers, master plans, parks, transit schemes, amusements, airports, plans to fill in rivers and extend Manhattan, and much, much more. Included are alternate visions for Central Park, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, MoMA, the UN, Grand Central Terminal, the World Trade Center site.

Projects within the book include Alfred Ely Beach’s system of airtight subway cars propelled via atmospheric pressure; Frank Lloyd Wright’s last project, his Key Plan for Ellis Island; Buckminster Fuller’s design for Brooklyn’s Dodger Stadium, complete with giant geodesic dome to shield players and fans from the rain; John Johansen’s Leapfrog City proposal to create an entirely new neighbourhood atop the tenements of East Harlem; and Stephen Holl’s Bridge of Houses.

Fact-filled and entertaining texts, plus sketches, renderings, prints and models drawn from archives across the country tell stories of ideas that would have drastically transformed the way we inhabit and move through New York.

  • Authors: Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Date published: October 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1938922756
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 29.2 cm

'Compiling nearly 200 plans that came to naught, Never Built New York (Metropolis Books) imagines an alternative city of fairy-castle skyscrapers, pneumatic tubes, man-made islands, and river-spanning jetports' - Elle Decor

'[New York] appears as a tumultuous construction site where radical creative enclaves, quixotic engineering proposals in the name of efficiency, and proud civic-engagement movements compete for disparate visions of a city that always could (or could never) have been' - Metropolis Magazine

'Never Built New York encompasses a record of renderings, images, models, and plans... offering an opportunity to reevaluate the present in terms of the possible' - Bomb Magazine