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THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM has followed the work of the innovative Singapore-based architects WOHA for more than six years. I first met Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell, the firm’s founders, in 2009 in Chicago at an awards dinner where their Bangkok skyscraper The Met was a finalist, then again in Frankfurt where the same tower won the International High-rise Award 2010 of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and where their work was the subject of a large monographic exhibition. WOHA has since received many major prizes, but since the majority of their buildings are located in Southeast and South Asia, they are best known in that hemisphere. Having visited Singapore last fall and experienced their enlightened architecture, I was particularly excited that The Skyscraper Museum could be the first to show their work in New York City.

We are grateful to Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell and to the entire WOHA office for agreeing to undertake a show of this scale on a very short schedule. Besides the principals, we especially appreciate the dedication and late hours of WOHA’s Serena Khor, Tay I-Lin, and Alina Yeo. For the creation and care of WOHA’s extraordinarily intricate models, including unpacking and installing them in our gallery, we thank Eddie Loh and his team from Integrus in Singapore. To the many others who took special care moving fragile models across oceans, we extend our thanks. For the excellent interpretation of WOHA’s work in both prose and photographs, we appreciate the eloquence of the publications of Patrick Bingham-Hall.

And finally, the Museum thanks its hard-working staff and interns for all of their efforts on this exhibition: Josh Vogel and Liz Volchok, Kat Collier, Nick Miller, Jorge Orpinel, Alex Ritscher, and Emma Thomas, as well as our faithful installer Brian Zeeger, fabricator Jan Mollet, and the staff at Riot Color.

Carol Willis

Director & Curator, The Skyscraper Museum

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GARDEN CITY | MEGA CITY is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

GARDEN CITY | MEGA CITY is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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