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Design Pavilion brings classic Eastern European kiosk to Times Square

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Kiosk K67 at Three Bridges, Ljubljana, 1970s (Courtesy of Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana)
Kiosk K67 at Three Bridges, Ljubljana, 1970s (Courtesy of Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana)

Times Square, always a hub of intense street life, with 350,000 to 450,000 visitors a day and an overload of images, is about to become a site for “design talks, installations, and performances.” Design Pavilion, the centralized public hub for New York’s fourth annual design week (May 10–22 from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily), in partnership with the Times Square Alliance, will activate five plazas (on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets.) with immersive environments and daily programs featuring the work of leading architects, designers, and artists.

Photo of a rounded white kiosk advertising currency exchange

Kiosk K67, Ljubljana, 1970s (Courtesy of Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana)

New Design Pavilion projects presented this year are by New Yorkers Joe Doucet and Victoria Milne alongside works from Brad Ascalon, Hive Public Space, Louis Lim, DYAD, and Virginia Tech’s winning Solar Decathlon house, FutureHAUS. A highlight will be K67, an iconic Yugoslavian kiosk originally designed in 1967 by Slovenian Saša J. Mächtig. The plastic Kiosk, designed as a reproducible, extendable, and interlocking system was found all over the Eastern bloc countries in the 1960s, but has never been displayed in this country.

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