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Drawing, Design for Monorail, MacArthur Airport, Long Island, NY

This is a Drawing. It was from the office of Donald Deskey Associates and made for (as the client) MacArthur Airport. We acquired it in 1988. Its medium is zip-a-tone on photostat. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles.

Donald Deskey’s designs for a monorail at MacArthur Airport proposed a freight and passenger network that better integrated the utility airport with existing Long Island traffic and facilities. Transporting passengers by day, the monorail concept would move freight at night, which would be efficiently delivered to terminals and dispersed from there.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey.

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Drawing, Design for Monorail, MacArthur Airport, Long Island, NY; Office of Donald Deskey Associates ; USA; zip-a-tone on photostat; 1988-101-1514

In addition to The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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