Growing and Greening New York
PlaNYC and the Future of the City
December 11 - April 22, 2009
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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.