Join SUPERFRONT on Tuesday May 27th at 7:30pm for Public No.2 featuring three projects – The Pier 42 Little Free Library on the Lower East Side, a portable exhibition-in-a-box and publication Planning for Protest presented by Shannon Harvey of Public Address, and AFOAM’s winning entry for Urban Rest Stop Parting—an alternative to the traditional highway rest stop for motorists in Syracuse, NY.
Public No.2 is one in a series of salon-style events hosted by SUPERFRONT in summer 2014 which will celebrate and explore the ‘edges’ of art, architecture, and design by showcasing and probing what ‘public’ means for the city and emerging design practices. Each mixer will feature an open dialogue with emerging and established innovators to share projects, ideas, strategies, and tactics with like-minded individuals and groups practicing civic design. The mixers will serve as a critical platform for young and emerging designers to share success stories and resources, network and learn, and ultimately collaborate on new projects in the pursuit of Public.
Two of the three projects featured on May 27th will be presented by Shannon Harvey. The first is one of the Little Free Libraries that popped up around Lower Manhattan last summer. Little Free Libraries are small book shelters designed to give people a place to congregate–in public spaces across the city. Since 2009, the Little Free Library project has brought thousands of micro-libraries to towns and cities across the world. This summer, New York City institutions PEN World Voices Festival, a celebration of international literature, and The Architectural League of New York (TALNY), a cultural nonprofit, teamed up to activate the project in public spaces across the city.
The Little Free Library located at Pier 42 in Manhattan was completed in May 2013 by Shannon Harvey, Adam Michaels, and Levi Murphy in partnership with the LFL project and Hester Street Collaborative as part of a larger community initiative to transform Pier 42 into a temporary park as it awaits permanent transformation and park status. The Pier 42 LFL team was comprised of an urban designer, a book designer, and a furniture designer.
“Each member of our team focuses on the accessibility of ideas for broad publics and the positive role that designers can have on society. We see physical books as a crucial means of communicating ideas amongst individuals, importantly circumventing the “digital divide” of electronic media. We’re enthusiastic about the prospect of designing a unique distribution point for readers to encounter information that they might not otherwise have access to. Further, with this project we seek to participate in current discourse surrounding distribution models and gift economies”
SUPERFRONT worked with one of the other 10 Little Free Library design teams Stereotank as part of last years PUBLIC SUMMER installation to create a pop-up LFL in First Park to promote access to and awareness of the 10 projects spread throughout the neighborhood.
A second project produced by Harvey is a portable exhibition-in-a-box and publication Planning for Protest. Organized by Ben Allen, James Bae, Ricardo Gomes, Shannon Harvey and Adam Michaels, the project explores both the social and architectural definitions of protest in light of the current global financial crisis. Architectural offices witnessing these events first-hand will provide case studies and project proposals for contested spaces within their own cities.
The third project, winner of the UPSTATE: Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate Urban Rest Stop Competition, Parting will activate the intersection of Genesee St and Almond St (under I-81) in Syracuse, New York, with a series of translucent curtains, suspended on cables and scaffolding beneath the structure of the highway.These curtains may be manipulated by visitors to create urban rooms, be shaped by artists to form backdrops for interventions, serve as screens for documentaries, or sets for performances.
Parting is infrastructure designed to support cultural activities from conversation to performance to education, allowing itself to be shaped or projected on by the needs of the populace. Rather than an imposing permanent elements that affect the landscape, the form of our intervention is made, remade and eventually re-used by visitors at future sites throughout the city
The Parting of the curtains has symbolic meaning as well – as individuals pass through the layers of fabric, they reopen connections between neighborhoods and create new ones with their participation in arts and educational activities beneath the highway – once an obstruction to those very activities. Produced in collaboration with artist and community groups, the installation will incorporate large scale video projection as well as site-specific installations by artists.
Want to share your work at our next mixer on June 10th? If your work expands the definition of design for the public, or blurs the distinction of art and architecture in public, we want to have you showcase your work! All emerging artists, architects, and designers welcome! Email Stephen Klimek at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a sample of the work you’d like to present.
SUPERFRONT will showcase these projects on our website and new monthly newsletter From the Edge where we will be also be connecting you with the many other people, projects, and organizations probing the edges of architecture. Be sure to check out the rest of our new website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and the latest updates on Public.
Public No.2, Tuesday May 27th at 7:30pm – 2014 at Freeman Space, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. G to Greenpoint Avenue.
SUPERFRONT introduces new initiative and spring program series starting April 29, 2014
Hello from the edge. The edge is a space of publicness—an invitation to struggle and debate. The edge of art, architecture, and design is where we discover and test new ideas, experiment, collaborate, and innovate.
To celebrate and explore the edge SUPERFRONT is please to launch Public, a new initiative which will guide the organization’s 2014 competitions, public programs, and services to investigate key questions of ‘public’ in the city and emerging design practices. The critical need for designers to play a role in shaping the public realm has been well established as civic responsibility and the social impact design movement continue to grow. Public will focus on the realities of what it means to design with and for publics, identify and better understand the strategies and tactics of this work, and actualize a public of the designers, artists, activists, and everyday community members engaged in this field.
Community, participation, and engagement are highlighted as critical components in tactical interventions and large scale architectural and urban development proposals but little criticality is given to understanding the who, what, when, where, and why of the many publics which populate our cities. The ‘public’ is regularly evoked by architects, artists, developers, and politicians to advance ideas and plans for places, spaces, and projects in the city but little thought or craft is given to which part of any one public their work truly benefits.
As architect Mark Lakeman of Portland’s City Repair organization puts it, “the physical projects are just an excuse for people to meet their neighbors… The relationships that grow out of the ‘making’ are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result.” At its core SUPERFRONT’s mission is to promote these often undefinable relationships and invisible systems through conversations, exhibition, and physical projects—building collaborative and cross-disciplinary relationships in art, design, architecture, and community.
What Public? Which Public? Who Public? Where Public? How Public? Why Public?
SUPERFRONT is launching Public with a biweekly mixer series for those experimenting in and on the public edge of art and architecture beginning7:30pm, Tuesday April 29, 2014 at Freeman Space, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
Each mixer will feature an open dialogue with emerging and established innovators to share projects, ideas, strategies, and tactics with like-minded individuals and groups practicing civic design. The mixers will serve as a critical platform for young and emerging designers to share success stories and resources, network and learn, and ultimately collaborate on new projects in the pursuit of Public.
All are welcome, we only ask for a $5 donation per person at the door to help support this and future projects.
Want to share your work at a mixer?If your work expands the definition of design for the public, or blurs the distinction of art and architecture in public, we want to have you showcase your work! All emerging artists, architects, and designers welcome! Email Stephen Klimek at email@example.com with your name and a sample of the work you’d like to present.
SUPERFRONT will showcase these projects on our website and new monthly newsletter From the Edge where we will be also be connecting you with the many other people, projects, and organizations probing the edges of architecture. Be sure to explore the rest of our new website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for our newsletter From the Edge for more information and the latest updates on Public.
Stay tuned for more. Later this month SUPERFRONT will announce details for our annual Gala and fifth annual PUBLIC SUMMER installation – an opportunity for young designers to design, build, and program a temporary installation with community partners in New York City. Learn more about the last four years of PUBLIC SUMMER here.
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SUPERFRONT is pleased to launch our fourth annual PUBLIC SUMMER project featuring a temporary architecture pavilion and public programming in First Park on 1st Street and 2nd Ave near Houston in The Bowery. The pavilion and the programming are all built around the theme of “Urban Movement.”
SUPERFRONT’S PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 Pavilion Urban Forest was designed by architects Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim. Urban Forest is a threshold where fast-paced urban life and the slow meandering of a natural oasis are extended and integrated. As a facilitator of public exchange and movement, the pavilion reflects the intimacy of bodily interaction and accentuates urban and community context. Urban Forest is a network of flexible responses to the changing time, weather, and environment that subverts the fixed nature of the architectural form and embraces the agility of urban life.
Comprised of three groves made from benches, reflective vertical poles and shading canopies the PUBLIC SUMMER pavilion takes into heavy consideration the role of movement in the urban environment around First Park and New York City in general. First Park, like many NYC parks, is intended to be a respite from urban life but as a result it takes on its own unique urban characteristic. While the benches provide seating for park visitors and program audiences the vertical poles are treated with a mirrored mylar finish to reflect their movement and the movement of the city throughout the day and the summer season. The canopies are rimmed with a phosphorescent material that absorbs UV radiation and glows in the evening.
Every year PUBLIC SUMMER offers emerging designers the opportunity to produce a temporary installation in New York City and host dynamic community programming that is free and open to the public. Urban Forest was selected from sixteen projects produced by young and emerging designers during an open charette in May, 2013.
Over the course of the summer the pavilion and its programming will help facilitate, subvert, encourage, obfuscate, and in other ways participate in the production of public culture and civic exchange. PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 is hosted in partnership with First Street Green with the support of NYC Parks.
Join SUPERFRONT’S PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 Facebook Event for the latest event updates and information.
Sunday July 21 1-4pm
Workshop to create your own chalk stencils and record your experiences and aspirations for the public spaces of New York and the Urban Forest.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES
Friday July 26 6-8pm
The Architecture League
“Take a book, leave a book.”
A Pop-Up Little Free Library in First Park which explores the open source LFL/NYC designs recently released by the Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival! Meet some of the designers and community partners, read a book, visit the LFL’s, and take one of the designs back to your neighborhood.
ROOTED RELIQUARY II
Saturday July 27 1-4pm
Bring an object that defines what the Urban Forest is for you and create a public reliquary.
PARKOUR IN THE CITY
Sunday August 4 12-4pm
The Movement Creative
Come out and learn how to play in your parks and with your city.
YOU ARE THE CITY
Saturday August 10 6-8pm
Talk & workshop to graphically record the voices of the people who form and transform the urban construct by movement.
100 ON 100
Sunday August 11 1-5pm
ThinkDance: Jill Sigman & Mary Suk
A public conversation and interactive performance about what First Park and NYC will be like in 100 years.
PUBLIC SPACE POTLUCK
Thursday August 15 6-8pm
Design Trust for Public Space
Celebrate the public spaces of NYC over food and drinks with a talk by PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 designers Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim.
PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 is located at First Park in The Bowery:
33 East First Street, New York NY
1st Street and 2nd Ave near Houston
[F] to 2nd Avenue & Houston
SUPERFRONT is pleased to announce to the winning proposal for the 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER Pavilion, “Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim.
Urban Forest is a threshold where fast paced urban path and slow meandering of natural oasis are extended and integrated. As a reflector of public exchange and movement, the pavilion facilitates the intimacy of bodily interaction and accentuates urban and community context. Urban Forest is a network of flexible responses to the changing time, weather, and environment that subverts the fixed nature of the architectural form and embraces the agility of urban life.
The 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER installation is an outdoor space located in First Park on 1st Street and 2nd Ave near Houston. Hosted in collaboration with First Street Green, the goal of the installation and programming is to define and explore issues of “Urban Movement” by creating an intervention to facilitate, subvert, encourage, obfuscate, or in other ways participate in the production of public culture and civic exchange.
The charrette took place on site at First Park where over 40 designers competed for three hours to produce 16 proposals. Please stay tuned for summer programming announcements!
Woven New York
Frame X Frame
Silva Ajemian, Todo Design, First Street Green Cultural Park
Pat Arnett, Robert Silman Associates
Keller Easterling, Keller Easterling Architect, Professor Yale School of Architecture
Chris Moffett, Thinking Bodies
Jorge Prado, Todo Design
Juergen Riehm, 1100 Architect
David Turnbull, Atopia
Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography
Jieun Yang is a New York-based registered architect, urbanist, and curator. Framed by social, economic, political, and cultural influences, her multi-disciplinary work explores communication between everyday desires and network of physical and virtual environments. As the winner of the 2008 SOM Prize in Architecture, Design, and Urban Design, Jieun researched and documented various burgeoning and decaying suburbia and their intrinsic relationship to the larger urban and global network for her project Ghost Town, the next slum. While at Columbia GSAPP, she organized a series of conferences on building materials and their range of philosophical, social, formal, and physical possibilities. Jieun holds a B.A. in architecture from Yale University and a M. Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She currently works at the New York office of SOM, reconceptualizing urban infrastructure and transportation networks. Jieun is the founding principal of S/PY, a New York-based studio and think tank for architecture and urbanism, and the co-founder/ director of EVERYTHING, S/PY’s curatorial collaboration in capturing and resituating flux of architectural ideas and dialogues.
Ji Young Kim is a registered architect, designer and researcher based in New York City. Her cross-disciplinary work is focused on development of responsive, innovative, conceptual/physical systems at various scales to advance future living environment. Ji Young’s work is built upon socio-cultural behavior studies and researches of interfaces – urbannetwork & framework. She works in the New York office of Shigeru Ban Architects and prior to join SBA Ji Young worked for Asymptote Architecture and Latent Productions. She is a designer/researcher at Japan Lab of Columbia University and as a member; Ji Young participated in 2008 Beijing Olympic opening ceremony outfit design and spacecraft habitability improvement research proposal with NASA. She serves as an advisory board member of d3 and co-director of annual d3 Natural Systems and Housing Tomorrow international competitions. Ji Young received her M. Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and previously trained as an architect at Korea (Goryeo) University in Seoul. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Transforum, artist group selected by Gallery Korea of the Korean Consulate in New York City.
DESIGN CHARRETTE FOR PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 AT FIRST PARK SIGN…
It wouldn’t be a fundraiser without a cocktail party, art auction, and DJ.
$40 for entry, including open bar. Come early for the art auction and stay late for the dance party. Your ticket cost will be deducted from your winning auction bid! Get your tickets here!
Silent auction til 9pm w/ original works from artists including:
Hosted by the SUPERFRONT Board:
ANNIE BARRETT, ISABELLA BRUNO, MARK GARDNER, ANNE GUINEY, JOHN HARTMANN, ARIANE LOURIE HARRISON, ERSELA KRIPA, MITCH MCEWEN, GALIA SOLOMONOFF, SARAH MILLSAPS TOWLES
All proceeds support SUPERFRONT’s 2013 programming, including PUBLIC SUMMER 2013. If you can’t join us on May 9th, you can still support us with a donation. Thank you!
In partnership with First Street Green Park, PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 provides jury-selected designers the venue, funding, and programming to create and operate a temporary installation on Houston Street at 1st Avenue July 1st—August 15. The design charrette for the winning installation will be May 19th at First Street Green. “Like” SUPERFRONT on Facebook to get every detail!
Thanks to everyone who helped make PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy possible: SUPERFRONT’s generous donors and Kickstarter supporters / FIGMENT: David Koren, Rocket Osborne, Jess Hooks, Carlijn Urlings / Governors Island / saA: Amy Chang and Seo Young Shin / the SUPERFRONT Board of Directors / The People’s Library / DADDY / FOKUS / the charrette jury: David Benjamin, Lauren Crahan, Scott Hughes, Rocket Osborne, Cassim Shepard & Mabel Wilson / the charrette participants / SUPERFRONT Interns: Daniel Greenspan, Adelaide Palum, Naomi Shavin, Mario Torres / SUPERFRONT’s talented construction and Library volunteers: Laura Wagner, JJ Yeo, Tyler Survant, Lulu Shen, Myeong Soo Kim, Jacob Dugopolski, Daniel Markiewicz, Seth James, John Morgan, Kathleen Massara, Carlos Guerrero, Scherezade Khan, the John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School / our generous materials sponsors: Materials for the Arts and Build It Green / all participating artists, thinkers and performers.
Join us for the last month of events at the Library of Immediacy on Governors Island!
September 9, 2pm: Poetry Reading by Marcella Durand & Jennifer Firestone
September 16, all day: “Check It Out” by Maya Pindyck and Carla Repice
With a temporal map as your guide, these artists will guide you to sites throughout the island by placing unexpected labels onto unexpected things.
September 22 + 23, 11-6pm: Closing Weekend at the Library of Immediacy
Since July 21, the Library has hosted numerous events and activities, including book-making workshops and live music, and has been used as a meeting place for discussion, or for family lunches. Situated on a corner lot of a large expanse of the Parade Grounds and set apart from Figment’s sculpture park and artist-made miniature golf course, the semi-outdoor space rests calmly in the landscape. Visitors weave around the columns made to camouflage into the field, and are naturally guided to the communal table area where actual books (library) are displayed from The People’s Library, along with an art installation of publicly-curated objects by DADDY called #LOANER. The winning design team, saA, share their thoughts about the design process, as documented in an interview by SUPERFRONT’s summer intern, Naomi Shavin:
Many forces are at play on Governors Island, which is made for recreation and constrained exploration. This helps to encourage a respect of such an artist-made space, but there is a natural comfort that has been provided by the rustling of the shaded roof and the seating options for adults and children alike. Please see more images from past events here.
Making Mini Books with Rachel Schragis and Max Liboiron
Critical Walking on Governors Island
On July 21st, PUBLIC SUMMER 2012 opened on Governors Island with the Library of Immediacy. Photos from the event can be seen here.
Feel free to come by and exchange your unwanted/special/favorite books and to add to the growing collection at the Library! In addition, bring your coveted objects to DADDY‘s ongoing display called #LOANER, where the histories of each object are being recorded and logged.
Join us on weekends until September 23rd for events and workshops at the Library of Immediacy.
A detailed list of our events can be found here. All events are free and open to all ages.
August events include:
Sunday, August 5
Join the Occupy Puppet Guild in a performance & puppet building workshop, all ages welcome!
Saturday, August 11
Add your Story to the Library of Immediacy. Make a Mini-book with Rachel Schragis.
Saturday, August 18
Join Occupy University for a Critical Walking on Governors Island.
August 19, 25 + 26th
Think Tank Discussions including “For the future of island/lesson on lesser islands”
See you on the island!
The Library of Immediacy is open on Saturdays and Sundays. For directions to Governors island, click here.