Soundscape New York

March 10 - July 26, 2015

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A collaboration between Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, William Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia and former Dean of the University's School of Architecture, and artist James Welty, this immersive audiovisual installation combines the actual sounds of iconic New York interiors, such as Grand Central Terminal and the Seagram Building lobby, with visual animations projected on a panoramic screen. Grand Central Terminal’s soundscape, for example, features an oceanic-style animation with clangs, echoes, and quick crescendos of intensity, transporting the listener to the midst of the station’s daily bustle, and amplifying its status as a primary transportation portal to and from New York City. Visitors can also experience the soundscapes of Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library Reading Room, and the Guggenheim Museum.


  • "Museum Asks Visitors To Listen To New York's Buildings," NPR News
  • "'Soundscape' Exhibits Audiovisual Interpretations of Architecture at the Museum of the City of New York" Architect Magazine

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