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Frank Lloyd Wright and the City

Art & Design

MoMA gets its hands on the architect’s 12-by-12 take on skyscrapers and city sprawl

He may be most visible in NYC for the Guggenheim Museum’s legendary white spiral uptown, but this month, Frank Lloyd Wright touches down at the MoMA several blocks south. Having just acquired the architect’s extensive archive in conjunction with Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, the museum has on display through June 1 Wright’s work in urban planning, entitled “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal.”

At the centerpiece of his plans is a 12-by-12 model envisioning his plan for the “urbanization of the American landscape titled ‘Broadacre City.’” Among his groundbreaking ideas depicted in the spectacular piece are the first iteration of a highway flyover, and his innovative ideas for building a “vertical city.”

Architecture buffs and Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get lost in the selection of drawings, films, and other large-scale models, so leave an afternoon to pore over the plans. frank_lloyd_wright_1934-35_broadacre_city_plan_model