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194X–9/11: American Architects and the City

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Convention Hall Project, Chicago, Illinois, interior perspective. 1954. Collage of cut-and-pasted reproductions, photograph, and paper on composition board, 33 x 48" (83.8 x 121.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mies van der Rohe Archive, gift of the architect

The exhibition “194X–9/11: American Architects and the City” is on display at New York’s MoMa until January 2, 2012.Work of a variety of architects, who were interested in the urban scale with the goal to recast the form and daily experience of the city, including Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph, Rem Koolhaas, and United Architects, is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at an exhibition called “194X–9/11: American Architects and the City”.

Projects of these architect were drawn from MoMA’s architectural holdings to reflect on commission of the Architectural Forum magazine’s from the 1940s over a half century later: The Architectural Forum magazine asked in 1943 a group of architects, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, to come up with design proposals for the postwar American city. The architects were asked to rethink both urban community life and the relationship between architecture and urban planning. The objective of the magazine was to publish a collection of proposals creating an optimistic postwar period of growth and prosperity that was to begin in 194X, as soon as the Second World War ended.

The intention of the MoMa curators Barry Bergdoll and Margot Weller was to recreate this spirit – at a time when the United States are “once again engaged in global conflict and—in the wake of 9/11 and the ongoing financial crisis—undergoing a major reconsideration of urban and suburban space.”


194X–9/11: American Architects and the City

July 1, 2011–January 2, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53 Street

New York, NY 10019


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