The Power of Maps.

  • Client:

    Regional Plan Association



  • The Brief

    The power of maps to articulate a vision and raise $4.5 billion from Congress.

    In response to the events of 9/11 the Regional Plan Association and the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown asked VanDam to visualize key transportation proposals for NYC and the region in film.

  • The Solution

    This 8.5 minute, animated movie focuses on why public transportation is a key ingredient in getting Manhattan out of its current crisis - it is the structural underpinning that enables the vertical city and is essential for economic development.

    lower mahattan map, New York - New City, the Movie by Stephan VanDam

    The movie is meant to articulate a vision, stimulate public discussion and serve as a fund raising tool for Congress.

    This effort was crowned by success when (FEMA) the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on 8/12/2002 that $4.5 billion appropriated by Congress in recovery monies could now be spent to build critical new infrastructure such as Fulton Central Station and the Battery Maritime Terminal.