Mapping New York’s Past, Present and Future

It was 200 years ago this month that the Manhattan grid, a layout that has been both lauded and criticized, was created. In celebration, the American Institute of Architects is hosting “Mapping the City” — a free exhibition series exploring the development of cartography throughout the city’s history, and looking at the possibilities which new mapping technologies might hold.

While the exhibition at the AIA’s Center for Architecture runs through August 27, the last event in the series occurs in July. There are still four great events planned from now through July 26. Here’s a brief guide to what’s happening.

Mapping Risk July 21, 6-8 p.m.

This discussion will address how maps have been used to prepare the public, architects, planners and governments for catastrophes, and ways mapping technologies can best be utilized to deal with the unexpected.

Museum Without Walls: Blurring Boundaries July 25, 6-8 p.m.

This program will explore the ways in which new technologies have enabled various cities to make public art accessible to unique audiences.

Planning for the Future: Integrating Art & Architecture into a Digital Cultural Landscape July 26, 6-8 p.m.

This discussion will explore how mapping and digital technologies can play a role in merging art and architecture into city plans for sustainable communities. Speakers from Pittsburgh and Albuquerque, both cities with unique long-term visions, will contribute their ideas.

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