Growing and Greening New York

PlaNYC and the Future of the City

December 11, 2008 - April 22, 2009

  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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    How must New York and New Yorkers change to make a sustainable urban future possible?

    By measuring the environmental effect of a New Yorker’s typical daily activities, Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City makes clear and vivid the complexities of sustainability in the city. Focused on questions concerning water, transportation, energy, open space, land, and climate change, the exhibition explores the Bloomberg administration’s ambitious plan for sustainability by 2030. Through the use of architectural models, interactive displays, diagrams, renderings, photographs, videos, and more, the exhibition grapples with complicated environmental issues, problems, and challenges and presents innovative solutions by architects, urban planners, scientists, industrial designers, engineers, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and other entities. The proposals include planting more trees, designing better power plants, cleaning up brownfields, and building new parks and housing across the five boroughs. Together, they suggest how the city might at once plan for population and economic growth and confront issues of livability and global climate change.


    Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City is generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

    Additional support comes from Con Edison, James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Brenner Family Foundation, The Durst Organization, Nixon Peabody LLP, Allison Whipple Rockefeller, Tishman Speyer, Martin J. McLaughlin, Metro Fuel Oil Corporation, Josie Merck and Jim Stevenson, Mark M. Iger, Richard W. von Bargen, and Tap Into the City.
    Public programs in conjunction with the exhibition are made possible by a grant from The New York Community Trust.

    The Museum thanks exhibition co-chairs James G. Dinan, Hamilton F. Kean, Martin J. McLaughlin, and Allison Whipple Rockefeller for their leadership and generosity.

    In-kind support for Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City has been provided by Promethean and Amerlux Lighting Solutions, Build it Green!, Green Depot, Herman Miller, The KOHLER Company, Philips Lighting, Promethean, Rowe Fine Furniture, Inc., and 3R Living.

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