'Vertical Cities' explored in new exhibition at School of Architecture
“Vertical Cities,” a new exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture (YSoA), examines some of the most prominent and celebrated skyscrapers, both built and unbuilt, in the context of global urbanization and technological advancement.
Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century, note the exhibition organizers. This increasing urbanization leads to higher density and consequently taller buildings in cities around the world. Every year a greater number of people will be working, living, or spending their free time in a skyscraper, or even in a vertical city — comprised of structures that combine these numerous functions, they note.
This evolution in building and living inspired Rotterdam-based exhibition designer Harry Hoek of M&H Traveling Exhibitions to create the installation “Vertical Cities.” This exhibition gives visitors a look at both realized and imagined efforts by architects from around the world to build towards the clouds.
The exhibition brings together over 200 models made of wood, paper, metal, and plastic at a scale of 1:1000 of the tallest and most well-known skyscrapers. It provides an overview of skyscrapers from the 1920s to futuristic vertical megastructures that have not yet left the drawing table.
“Vertical Cities” runs from Nov. 27 to Feb. 3, at the YSoA gallery, located at 180 York St. It is on view Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. –5 p.m. For more information, email [email protected].