SUPERFRONT’s Cypher on Urban Affairs leverages the intelligence of local activists, artists, and community leaders into the design of a temporary outdoor installation for public community activity. Through a series of panels and forums, members of the community are invited to imagine an outdoor space and public activity. Focused on generating design concepts for a temporary urban space, the participatory design process is led by SUPERFRONT and co-hosted by local Brooklyn artist DJ Rupture as a multi-media event.
The 2010 Cypher on Urban Affairs was a sequence of multi-disciplinary workshops, which culminated in the first annual Public Summer installation, a design-build competition for a publicly-accessible space. The project operates as a microcosm of community development, but within the context of an existing neighborhood art gallery.
Funded by the Brooklyn-Arts Council, The Cypher on Urban Affairs hosted a discussion on Do-It-Yourself Public Space Making. Participants chose to participate in 1 of 3 teach-ins after the panel: 1) community zoning basics 2) spring gardening tactics 3) property disobedience and public dialogue.
Listen to part of the conversations here.
Cristina Goberna is a Fulbright grantee who was awarded a Ms in Advance Architectural Design and an Advance Architectural Research Certificate by the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. She completed her Bachelor in Architecture in the University of Sevilla, Spain, and is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture of Barcelona, developing her dissertation ?From Pan to Europan or the Construction of the European Union Urban Imaginary? and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She is co-founder and Director of Fake Industries, Architectural Agonism, an architectural office based in Barcelona and New York, awarded with the 2009 Young Architects Forum Prize of the Architectural League of New York and winner of the prestigious young European competition Europan in the last three consecutive sessions. Princeton Architectural Press prepares a publication of their work in 2010. Cristina Goberna is a member of the committee and jury of the Architectural League of New York 2010 Young Architects Forum and the new co-Director of Superfront.
Ena McPherson serves on the Parks, Arts & Culture Committee at Community Board 3 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. A local brownstone property owner and neighborhood grass-roots developer, she heads up the Parks & Community Gardens detail on the committee. She is Garden Administrator of the Vernon & Throop Community Garden and Operations Coordinator for the T&T Vernon Community Garden. McPherson is a NYC Partnership for Parks Fellow and a Brooklyn Honoree for the New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project.
Justin G. Moore is an urban designer and city planner for the City of New York Department of City Planning where he is involved in the redevelopment of the city’s waterfront and high-density areas for a range of programs including affordable housing, cultural and commercial centers, mixed-use industrial areas, and parks and open space. He is responsible for conducting and managing complex and important research investigations, urban design plans, and studies or examinations of the physical design and the efficient utilization of sites of the City’s major geographic features, transportation net, structures, land use patterns and neighborhood character. He is a recipient of the Department of City Planning’s Barney Rabinow Service Award and the Michael Weil Urban Design Award. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, an active member of the New York Urban League, the SUPEFRONT Advisory Board, and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Technical Advisory Committee.
Jordan Seiler is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and founder of Public Ad Campaign. Public Ad Campaign chronicles the activities of artists intent on challenging relationships between public space and commercial advertising media, as well as other contemporary issues in outdoor advertising and public space.