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The city of urban desires

NYCity2 project is one of the 8 awarded visionary proposals for the future of Manhattan’s street grid organized by the Architectural League in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York.

NYCity2 is an attempt to redefine the city based on the desires of it’s own inhabitants.  For this reason a platform is created which hovers above the city unrestrained by the limitations of the conventional urban fabric.

NYCity2 does not use any sort of official city planning tool. It’s form occurs from the accumulation of desires, which is not affected by any sort of institutional restrictions. A reverse system of city planning is formulated using as it’s sole design tool the individual perception of the inhabitants, freed from the reluctance of reality.

1. Fill in the communication form describing the attributes of your desire.

2. Your desire is channeled to NYC architecture offices which undertake it’s formulation and placement on the hovering platform.

3. You can now click on your chosen square in order to see your desire becoming true in NYCity2.

  1. 4.Or you can visit the construction site itself and check it out ‘though the eyes’ of your smartphone.


Museum of City of New York

Ioannis Oikonomou, Fotis Sagonas