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Modern Mobility Aloft: Elevated Highways & Architecture

09 February 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Organized by: Skyscraper Museum
Venue: The Skyscraper Museum, Virtual
39 Battery Place
New York

In Modern Mobility Aloft: Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America, Amy Finstein reveals the utopian roots of elevated highway designs in the first half of the twentieth century, connecting built projects in New York, Chicago, and Boston to high-style and popular discourse about cities of the future. Finstein highlights New York’s role in this pattern, introducing us to the architects and sculptor responsible for the West Side Elevated Highway, who also were designing iconic Manhattan skyscrapers. Finstein will discuss how New York’s experience connects to a broader pattern of design that synthesized local concerns for economic vitality, urban movement, and architectural modernity via the sinewy forms of elevated highways.