featured in 'The Greatest Grid: The Masterplan of Manhattan 1811-2011' exhibition, Museum of the City of New York, 2011-2012
The recent fury of Hurricane Irene has shown that Manhattan and its unique grid may be under threat from the forces of nature as much as from any human threats. The bodies of water, from the Hudson to the East River, that define Manhattan begin to form a menacing presence. But could the grid be its own saviour? The original grid represented the New Yorkers’ mastery over the natural landscape, imposing a uniform level plane across the swamps and farmlands of lower Manhattan.
This project looks at the potential of extending the grid across the waters that surround it. But in what form?