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Please join us for the opening of Scaffolding!

Scaffolding is an exhibition that examines the history and extraordinary potential of scaffolding as a kit-of-parts technology to provide novel forms of inhabitation and access. Of particular interest to our local New York City audience – there are an estimated 280 miles of scaffolding occupying New York City at any given time – scaffolding is a flexible and accessible system hiding in plain sight. Through an installation of actual scaffolding designed by OMA’s Shohei Shigematsu, Scaffolding will reimagine the architectural space of the Center for Architecture, giving the visitor a new appreciation of scaffolding and its transformative potential.

Exhibition Curator: Greg Barton
Exhibition Designer: OMA
Exhibition Graphics: MTWTF

Related Programs:
Scaffolding: A Framework for Social Engagement
Saturday, October 7, 1:00-6:00 PM

Theatrical Scaffolding: A Flexible Stage
Thursday, November 9, 6:00-8:00 PM

Responsive Scaffolding: Emergency Relief
Monday, December 4, 6:00-8:00 PM

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Organized by
Center for Architecture
  • Scaffolding is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Scaffolding is supported in part by a grant from the Graham Foundation.

  • Scaffolding is made possible in part by the 2017 AIA New York President’s Circle:

  • Sponsors

    Amy Smith & John Berylson Charitable Foundation; FXFOWLE; Langan; New York University; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Sciame; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Zetlin & DeChiara

  • Supporters

    AKF Group; Capalino + Company; Ennead Architects LLP; Hill | West Architects; JFK&M Consulting Group; Kohn Pederson Fox; Mancini Duffy; Marvel Architects; Ricci Greene Associates; Riverside Builders; Shawmut Design & Construction; Silman; Studios Architecture

  • Friends

    Eurostruct; Nick Jordache; Kelly Klein; Levien & Company; NADAAA; Jim Panichella; Benjamin Prosky; Jennifer Sage; Sharon Davis Design; Spacesmith; Thornton Tomasetti; Nick Villani; Henry Zachary

  • This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Helloeverything and SelgasCano, Kibera Hamlets School, 2015-2016, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Courtesy of helloeverything.
Monday, 10/02
6pm to 8pm
Center for Architecture
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