The first annual Public Summer program, developed from the theme of Temporary Publics, features a jury-selected installation designed by KIT, a young New York collective of designers. This outdoor installation for the local community group NYC Explorers has been constructed by KIT with support from SUPERFRONT and volunteers. The installation incorporates over 400 hula hoops, as well as found and discarded materials.
KIT’s scheme, which features hundreds of hula hoops forming a connected canopy, was selected by the Sketch 120: Temporary Publics jury comprised of DJ /rupture, nArchitects, and Slade Architecture. The Sketch 120: Temporary Publics charrette was produced in partnership with Design in 5, a program of the Architectural League NY, with additional support from Brooklyn Arts Council and SuckerPunchDaily.com
Childrens’ activities throughout Public Summer are free and coordinated by NY City Explorers Carnival, a project by NY City Explorers, a local small business that offers a wide variety of family programs and services throughout NYC.
KIT is comprised of designers Lauren Page, Phil Kuehne, Justin Foster, and Read Langworthy. The quartet, a combination of academic and professional associations, has a passion for public design and social infrastructure. All are recent graduates from Bachelors of Architecture programs and they currently live, work, and play in New York City.
NY City Explorers (NYCE) is a Brooklyn-based family enrichment center created by Kisha Edwards-Gandsy & Keyanna Murrill that provides classes, camps, childcare, two indoor play spaces, and party planning for families throughout NYC. The NYCE Carnival at SUPERFRONT aims to provide safe, carnival style atmosphere complete with scheduled films, games, contests, healthy food vendor sampling, and creative family programming.
Nick Lyons is a Brooklyn-based improvising alto saxophonist. He fronts a trio with bassist Adam Lane and drummer John Wagner, and has performed solo and in collaboration with pianists Connie Crothers and Carol Liebowitz, vocalist Cheryl Richards, and guitarist Adam Caine.
The PUBLIC SUMMER project has been achieved with the funding and/or materials support of the following organizations and individuals:
Design in 5/The Architectural League of New York (competition sponsors), Mark Gardner, Betty Webb, Shinique Smith, Sarah Millsaps, and suckerPUNCHdaily.
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