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An Urban Design Week Round-Up

Following Thursday evening's Urban Design Week (UDW) launch party hosted by the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) at the breezy BMW Guggenheim Lab, the AN team dispersed to check out various events on the jam-packed UDW roster. We compiled our notes, and here's a quick sampling of what we saw and heard: Saturday, September 17: A small contingent of planners, landscape architects, and artists met up at Montefiore Park, a tiny triangle of a plaza at 137th Street where Broadway slices through Manhattan's orderly grid. The group was invited to offer feedback on an installation at the site entitled Broadway: 1000 Steps. The interactive piece by Mary Miss (and CaLL) is an experiment in educating the public on environmental issues through artwork. A collection of periscope-like tubes and mirrors confront passersby with stats on sustainability initiatives in the city. Keep your eyes peeled—the piece will work its way down Broadway over the course of the next few months. Later Saturday evening, the Beaux Arts Ball sponsored by the Architectural League of New York was held at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Les beaux et belles were transported to the site by ferry (or, if they lived in Brooklyn, via the R train). The Cass Gilbert-designed concrete industrial building was bathed in light and shown to great effect with projections and custom furniture designed by Leong Leong as revelers danced the night away. Sunday, September 18: Sunday's City Sessions event at Parson's The New School was a lively debate marking the culmination of a month of online conversations sponsored by IfUD and Leagues and Legions—a group defining itself as "a think tank at the intersection of architecture and publishing." The audience, many of whom were architects and urban planners, was invited to participate in the moderated discussion organized around questions derived from four themes related to "the practice of tactical urbanism and socially active design": Public, Evaluation, Tactics and the Design Profession, and Failure. The provocative questions around each theme ("Is it possible to design for productive failure?") engendered more questions than answers--and one cultural programmer reminded the group that "not everything that happens in the city is urban design"--but the engaged audience armed with examples and beer kept on talking even after the two-hour event had officially ended. Quilian Riano, one of the event's organizers, says he hopes the conversations will continue online and in other media, and hopefully find applications. Check out the City Sessions tumblr. Monday, September 19: As part of Urban Design Week, the recently restored Museum at Eldridge Street in lower Manhattan hosted Good Design New York City, an energetic quick-fire series of presentations by designers with a brief to improve aspects of the city and match designer-makers with pragmatic doers. Taken from 600 issues raised at By The City/For The City competition, the magazine and design initiative, GOOD, asked New York architects and designers including SCAPE, Marpillero Pollak Architects, and Behavior Design, to propose solutions to questions based on the premise: “wouldn't it be great if... ?” Local designers Original Champions of Design (OCD) offered their ideas about how to make New York's subway easier to navigate for regular users and tourists, which included making public station lay-outs; graphic interventions, and a First Car concept to create a souvenir-filled tourist-trap carriage that would get the confused out-of-town passengers “out of the way.”After each presentation, Alissa Walker of GOOD mediated a discussion between city officials or related representatives about the viability of the designers' proposals. Tuesday, September 20: Tucked away on a little-known public plaza on Gouveneur Lane in Manhattan's Financial District, a stealthy group of urbanists chatted with merchants from the Street Vendors Project, a membership-based group of more than 1,300 vendors "who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change," while snacking on delicious tamales sold on site. We spoke with Mustafa, a clothing vendor in Midtown, who told us about the difficulties of street commerce in New York. Representatives from the Design Trust for Public Space and Columbia University's Street Vendor Planning Studio were on hand to discuss what sidewalk vending means to New York and the sense of city. The crowning event of the night, of course, was the U.S. premiere of Urbanized and the associated soiree at the Phaidon book store in Soho. A capacity crowd of young design-types filled the Sunshine Cinema for two showings of the city-themed final segment of Director Gary Hustwit's design trilogy. After two rigorous rounds of applause, Hustwit accepted questions from the crowd ranging from what would Janette Sadik-Khan do? (she was in attendance) to strategies for grassroots activism. Hustwit was feted by the usual suspects over vodka cocktails and a backdrop of iconic books on architecture and design. (Check out the  Urbanized trailer and our Q&A with director Gary Hustwit). Even if you missed all the events of the last week, you can still settle down with the IFUD's new tome The Atlas of Possibility, a 352-page compendium of "all the schemes & dreams that hundreds of New Yorkers and designers around the world shared through the By the City / For the City process," a crowd-sourced competition for urban design interventions (winning entries here.)  
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On View> It’s Different at the Architecture League

The Architectural League's current exhibition offers a glimpse of where architecture is headed. It's Different shows the work of the six winners of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers (formerly known as the Young Architect's Forum). It's a geographically diverse group working in a variety of formal veins. The six winners (with images!) are:
  • San Francisco-based form-ula, Ajmal Aqtash, Richard Sarrach, and Tamaki Uchikawa, principals.
  • Future Cities Lab, also based in San Francisco, Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, principals.
  • Kiel Moe of Boston.
  • NAMELESS, a firm with offices in New York and Seoul, South Korea. Unchung Na and Sorae Yoo, principals.
  • Alibi Studio, of Detroit. Catie Newell, principal.
  • William O'Brien Jr., also of Boston.
Jurors for the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers were Michael Manfredi, Hilary Sample, Annabelle Selldorf, and Ken Smith. It's Different is on view at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, at 66 Fifth Avenue through July 29.
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New Boldface Names from the Architectural League of New York

The Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices program is one of the country's most prestigious venues for showcasing significant design talent. This years list is no exception, with a mix of young and more established firms, working in a variety of scales and formal and social approaches. The lecture series will begin on Wednesday, March 9 with Brooklyn's Interboro Partners and Lateral Office of Toronto.  Wednesday, March 16: de leon + primmer architecture workshop of Louisville, Kentucky and WXY architecture + urban design of New York. Wednesday, March 23: Ruy Klein of New York and Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design of Great Barrington, MA. Wednesday, March 30: Ball Nogues Studio of Los Angeles and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S also of Los Angeles.

Now Playing: Every Corner of New York

Our friends over at Urban Omnibus created this delightful video entitled Archipelago, a sort of cinematic corollary to the current New New York show at the site's mothership, the Architectural League. Billed as "a day in the life of five New York neighborhoods: Hunts Point, Jamaica, Mariner’s Harbor, Downtown Brooklyn, and Chelsea," the video really is amazing for how it so succinctly captures the mind-boggling diversity of the city, revealing both the familiar and obscure to even the most stalwart local in a way so seamless that the city, for once, seems truly bound together despite all its disparity. The soundtrack alone, from Mr. Softee in the Bronx to freestyling on Staten Island to the constant sirens, is irresistible. It's the fastest eleven-and-a-half minutes you'll watch for some time. Almost as fast as the city it chronicles.
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Zooming In on New New York

Yesterday, we told you the story of how the 100 strong New New York Photography Corps snapped some 4,500 photos of the city in stasis for a new show being put on by the Architectural League, The City We Imagined/The City We Made: New New York 2001–2010. Here now are a bakers dozen of the best. To view a slideshow click here or the photo above.
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Architecture Party

Saturday night’s Beaux Arts Ball was a smash! Hundreds of architectural enthusiasts and even the Dosa guy from Washington Square Park trekked to Brooklyn to attend the Architectural League’s annual benefit for their exhibition and lecture programs.Attracting the likes of well-known New York-based architects Calvin Tsao, Karen Fairbanks, and co-chair Andy Bernheimer, along with a slew of designers, critics, writers, like ourselves, and design aficionados, the event at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus opened its doors for the architecture community to explore the building’s many studios and enjoy an open bar and good company.

The ball took place in the courtyard and buildings of the factory, with studios of local artisans, fabricators, artists, designers, filmmakers, and publishers open for viewing and art making during the early hours of the night. We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the offices of both new and familiar faces, including Cassim Shepard, Project Director of UrbanOmnibus, John Mangin of Center for Urban Pedagogy, along with designer Lindsey Adleman of Lindsey Adleman Studio.

Lasting late into the steamy Brooklyn night, the evening was filled with everything an architect could possibly need to pull an all-nighter, from music, provided by DJ Chris Annibell/Afrokinetic, and alcohol to late-night eats from street vendors. Who said architects don’t know how to party? 

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Drinks, Dancing, and DIY

The Architectural League's Beaux Arts Ball 2009 this Saturday night has a dress code, but not the kind you might expect. “No stilettos please,” warns the invite, because in addition to the standard drinks and dancing, this ball features a vast factory where guests will be “building, binding, stitching and printing.” The night’s theme is MANUFACTURE, and the venue is Gowanus’ Old American Can Factory, a sprawling 19th-century complex recently repurposed as a working space for creative industries. Some of the artists-in-residence will be on hand inviting guests into their studios and demonstrating how to use the machinery. (“Free materials will be available; feel free to bring your own,” urges the invitation.) It may be hard to picture, but the Architectural League has a strong track record of pulling off art installation/ fancy-dress-ball mashups. Last year’s Beaux Arts Ball boasted giant inflatable bubbles; 2007’s had a mylar lounge and a fog room. And if you’re not feeling industrious, you can always head over to the courtyard for food and drinks, with DJ Chris Annibell/Afrokinetic spinning and Wingspace Theatrical Design lighting the night. Beaux Arts Ball 2009: MANUFACTURE. Saturday, June 6 9:00 PM – 3:00 AM+ (Note: manufacturing space closes at midnight) The Old American Can Factory 232 Third Street at Third Avenue Gowanus, Brooklyn 11215 Tickets are still available, $25-250.