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New practitioners discuss their installations at the year's New Practices New York exhibition at the Center. (AN/Stoelker)
At the opening of NPNY, the winners presented built and unbuilt work that ranged from the highly experiential, like SLO’s Harvest Dome, to the densely theoretical, like The Living’s Eames-ish 12 Powers of Ten.
As Aliotta had hoped, the opening night of the exhibit brought together established archifolk with the young firms. Mark Lamster was deep in conversation with Anne Guiney of the Institute for Urban Design, no doubt getting some pre-Biennale scoops. Our own editor-in-chief William Menking, who also served as juror for the competition, greeted UN Studio’s Ben van Berkel, while web editor Branden Klayko and Dattner principal Jeff Dugan speculated on the fabrication of the massive aluminum panels going up on Steven Holl’s Baker Field building at Columbia. Holler told AN about a new project he’s working on in Costa Rica, while Schachter brought us up to date on the relaunch of Harvest Dome.
We’re looking forward to the lecture component of the exhibition begining with formlessfinder tomorrow night, Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Axor, 29 Ninth Avenue, in Manhattan.
ABRUZZO BODZIAK’s artist statement in NPNY catalog described the firm’s attraction to wide ranging influences from artist Dan Flavin and Robert Smithson to filmmaker David Lynch. But their wire paraboloid sculpture in the Center’s front window (see above photo) seems far more concrete than esoteric. This is a firm rooted in math.
"Harvest Dome" (Courtesy Andreas Symietz)
SLO Architecture’s Harvest Dome made from umbrella skeletons was marooned on Rikers Island last year; the firm is gearing up to relaunch this fall. Amanda Schachter of SLO discussed the the hopeful relaunch (see video below). Only a small fragment of the original water craft was recovered and is on display as part of the exhibition.
"Amphibious Architecture" (Courtesy The Living)
“The city is the ultimate ecosystem and it influences the way we see everything.” The statement came from The Living regarding their design approach, which takes a very Eames-ian form of analysis at the Center, from the molecular on through to space, albeit with updated graphics.
"Burr" from 2011 (Courtesy formlessfinder)
Formlessfinder says its name is derived from the fact that the studio operates like a “‘finder’ in the sense of a search engine that can fluidly analyze a wide range of fields and produce diverse outputs (buildings, pictures, videos, models, products, data, software).”
"Observatory" installation, 2011 (Courtesy Tom Powell Imaging, Inc.)
Christian Wassmann chose three words to describe his firm’s design philosophy: “performative, analogue, alchemy.” But analogue meets binary in East Village Radio, a website with storefront on First Avenue. The somewhat-crude mockup of the beloved booth is on display at the Center, alongside renderings and photos of Wassmann’s other clean-lined built works.
HOLLER architecture; Katelyn Mulry; Aetelier Sven Peters: Sven Peters; Buro Happold: Ana Serra , Long Island Radically Rezoned (LIRR), Un-built research project, 2010-2011 (Courtesy Tobias Holler/HOLLER architecture, Katelyn Mulry, Sven Peteres, Ana Serra)
Tobias Holler’s vision for Long Island finds a spiky representation on the walls of the Center where cone shaped formations rest atop a map of New York’s metro area. The formations correspond in scale to proposed population clusters along the length of Long Island. In Hollar’s vision, Long Island Radically Rezoned, pod-like population centers free up large swaths of green space to be reclaimed for nature.