What comes to mind when you think of SoHo? Upscale shopping and luxury real estate? You will certainly find these but historically there was farmland, then industry, then artist work-live spaces and a "tight-knit community where people actually knew and liked their neighbors," and much more.
I am designing and building a portable historical society that can navigate the bustling urban environment of today’s SoHo while showing a glimpse of its past. Using unconventional media such as Viewmaster viewers and a smell station, I will chronicle the evolution of SoHo from rural farmland to high-end retail hub, charting its cycles of development and thus placing current day SoHo in the context of New York City’s history.
Watch Yukie describing the project and donate here!
All photos and media courtesy of Yukie Ohta at The SoHo Memory Project.