in the Public Realm

CultureNOW was formed in 2002 as part of the Cultural and Historical Committee of 'New York/New Visions'-the AIA-led pro bono coalition of design professionals that came together in the aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11 to help replan our city. The first map of Lower Manhattan, downtownNOW was printed in January 2002. It was conceived as a way to get people back downtown and provide a single document for planning. The map was updated and reprinted in May 2002, Sept 2002, Sept 2003, and Sept 2005. Over 500,000 free copies were distributed. In 2007, the public art map of Manhattan, ManhattanARTNOW was printed which showcases over 1500 artworks paid for by a public agency or visible from a public space. The cultural and historical map of Harlem, 'HarlemNOW', was printed in 2009 as a further study in documenting neighborhoods in transition.

CultureNOW believes that the three facets to understanding the world around us are art, architecture and history. Taking advantage of the GPS and smartphone technology, it has created an iPhone app-"Museum Without Walls"-essentially an 'acoustiguide' to the environment. Already one of the largest and most comprehensive compendiums in the country, the online collection encompasses more than 10,000 sites and 16,000 images, 35 public art collections all over the US, supplemented by over 360 podcasts by artists, architects, historians and curators.


Exhibition Design Credits
Curators/Exhibition Design: Abby Suckle, FAIA, Seetha Raghupathy
Project Team: David Giglio, Courtney Williams, Anne Lewison AIA RAIC, Jianxing Chen, Kate Diebler, Jessica Edwards, Anna Heineman, Caroline Kaplan, Ernesto Martinez


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