Future City Lab

New York at Its Core

November 18, 2016 - March 13, 2020

Aerial view of lower Manhattan. Green spaces are colored green and yellow, while the rest of the image is black and white

New York At Its Core Exhibition

Come design the future of New York.

The Future City Lab is the innovative, interactive culmination of New York at Its Core, the Museum of the City of New York’s three-gallery signature exhibition.  The Lab invites you to consider the big challenges facing New York City today and to imagine approaches and solutions for a better future. The exhibition captures the pulse of the city through creative design games, immersive data-­driven animated maps, dynamic data visualizations, and artistic interpretations of New York’s diverse subcultures, street life, and the sometimes invisible but prevalent patterns of city living. Together they bring contemporary history to life and invite visitors to help imagine the city’s future.

The gallery is dedicated to the memory of curator Hilary Ballon (1956-2017).

Take a look around the gallery

In Depth Stories

What if...

The What If Table in the Future City Lab offers encourages visitors to submit their own questions and ideas about what the city can do to address the big challenges of the future. Explore some of these questions here.

Future City Lab Public Program Series

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