The Center for Architecture, operated by the American Institute of Architects, has been responsible for some of the city's most interesting exhibitions on urban planning and modern high-rise architecture since its opening in 2003. In addition to its ever-rotating slate of architecture- and design-related exhibitions, the center offers fascinating tours of New York City (including by boat), film screenings, lectures, and classes for both architectural professionals and the general public.

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

What You Will See

Given its location in the heart of Manhattan, the birthplace of the modern skyscraper and a center of urban planning, architectural exhibitions hosted by the center focus on the unique challenges facing cities. You will not see many homes, manors, landscapes, cathedrals, or monuments. But it is not all New York. Modern cities around the world receive equal billing, exploring how they solve the shared and unique complications of designing for a 21st-century city.

Why You Should Go

This is one of Manhattan's best specialized galleries and the small exhibits are accessible to architectural novices and deep enough for professionals and enthusiasts. In addition to the gallery, consider joining one of the many tours or classes, hosted by knowledgable professionals who can help you see the city with a critical eye. Drop in--admission is free--and explore whatever fascinating corner of urban architecture the center is celebrating this month.

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