The Drawing Center approached Rawlings architects pc and Jim Walrod to curate and design a traveling exhibition of Paul Rudolph’s Lower Manhattan Expressway project. The Houghton Gallery of the Cooper Union was the inaugural site of the exhibition. Reproductions of Rudolph’s drawings, prints, and photographs are displayed on custom furniture designed specifically for the exhibit. These display units use the same modular tubular framing system that Rudolph employed in several pieces of his furniture design. A glass wall of the gallery was covered with a single drawing of Rudolph’s reproduced on translucent media.
Additionally, a model of Rudolph’s proposal was re-created and positioned within the gallery. The model spans between the Hudson and East Rivers at a scale of 1/32″ to the foot, approximately 30′ long. Fabrication of this model was done in collaboration with students of the Cooper Union and Steven Hillyer, Director of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive of The Cooper Union. Over 5,000 housing modules were laser-cut and assembled into the tower portions of the proposal.