Creative young architects and artists from around the world have contributed ideas on what the city of the future could look like, including New York City, for a special gallery exhibit open today through Monday, May 9th. It’s called the Audi Urban Future Initiative, part of the first ever Festival of Ideas for the New City on the Lower East Side this weekend. Audi is one of the major sponsors of the festival, which includes more than 100 FREE events and displays. I attended a preview of the Audi Urban Future Initiative display, and it’s fascinating. Ideas include gardens that hang from the sides of buildings, like curtains, and roadways in which the roads move and the cars don’t, kind of like a flat escalator or the moving sidewalks we use at airports. You have to see it.
There’s also a 100-foot long scale model of Manhattan incorporating all the ideas of the contributing architects. The scale model is too big for the gallery space, so it’s bent at the middle, and the upper part of Manhattan is upside-down. As I said, you have to see it. The Audi Urban Future Initiative is at Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street. Hours are today, Saturday, May 7th, noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday and Monday, May 8th and 9th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
posted by Evelyn Kanter