Brooklyn in Process | Work by Marvel Architects

Brooklyn in Process | Work by Marvel Architects


11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Usagi NY
163 Plymouth Street
Admission Fee
Free Entrance

Event Description

Brooklyn in Process
Work by Marvel Architects

Exhibition Dates: January 15– March 12, 2016
Opening hours: Tue. – Sat. 11am − 6pm
Venue: Usagi NY, 163 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, US

The exhibition explores the creative process and reveals, through multi-media presentation how one firm found inspiration for seven distinct projects. We will showcase Marvel’s recent work in Brooklyn, including St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, PierHouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park and McCarren Pool in Williamsburg. The show features aerial video by Marvel Vision.

In conjunction with the gallery show we will host a public conversation series, CITIZEN/ DESIGNER: Everyday People Making the City. The gallery temporary turns into the architects studio and a public salon, where participants will openly exchange ideas with practitioners, urban planners, community leaders, artists and activists, with moderation by Marvel Architects’ staff.
Through the vision of one firm, this exhibition and series of talks will explore the urban environmental transitions of Brooklyn.

Exhibitors’ statement:
While architecture sets the stage for everyday life, the methods behind its making often remain unseen. In the exhibition Brooklyn in Process, New York City-based practice Marvel Architects invites visitors to consider seven projects from unconventional perspectives. Ranging from far-off aerial views of buildings alive in the urban fabric to intimate sketches suggesting design schemes that never came to pass, the exhibition rejects traditional presentations of architecture as static and finished. Instead, Marvel aims to reveal a field of architectural process— normally hidden from public view— that stretches across the conception, design, construction and active life of buildings. The result is an immersive collage of text, image, model, video and virtual reality highlighting just a small fraction of the setbacks, victories, defeats and discoveries that accompany the work of architecture. With its heterogeneous display of still and moving imagery and objects, Brooklyn in Process maintains a frenetic and diffuse quality that is consistent with projects existing not in stoic isolation, but as part of a borough undergoing increasingly rapid development and change.

CITIZEN/ DESIGNER: Everyday People Making the City
A free program organized by Marvel Architects in conjunction with the exhibition.
Seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
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Conversation 1: Gentrification/Affordable Housing
Saturday February 6, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Is large scale private development at odds with the availability of viable options for public housing? The conversation will investigate the ability of everyday citizens to promote affordable housing that can survive and perhaps even thrive in the current climate of real estate speculation and the accompanying burdens on (and displacement of) existing communities.
Moderator: Jonathan Marvel, Founding Principal, Marvel Architects
Rosanne Haggerty, President, Community Solutions
David Kramer, Principal, Hudson Companies Inc.
Ron Schiffman, Professor, Pratt Institute & Founder, Pratt Center for Community Development
Erik Chu, Architect, Marvel Architects

Conversation 2: Private/Public Partnerships
Saturday February 20, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
To what extent- if at all- is privatization a boon to the design of equitable urban space? As collaborations between public agencies and private actors endeavor to promote growth while accruing capital for large- scale public projects, a gradually increasing amount of city land becomes unavailable to a vast number of everyday individuals. The discussion will consider the current state of private/public partnerships in the urban context, and reflect on new models that might further engage citizens in the making of decisions about private sector involvement in the public realm.
Moderator: Lissa So, Founding Partner, Marvel Architects
Carolee Fink, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, NYCEDC David Belt, Executive Director and Founder, Macro Sea
Regina Myer, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation
Jonathan Marvel, Founding Principal, Marvel Architects

Conversation 3: Citizen/Designer
Saturday March 12, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
How can the average citizen initiate participation and contribute to the progress of the city? The conversation will be led by individuals who have taken an active role in the design of the urban environment, and will inspire a brainstorming of new ideas and process models that enable the citizen to become a critical player in contemporary urban planning and design.
Moderator: Guido Hartray, Founding Partner, Marvel Architects
Nancy Nowacek, Artist
Scott Francisco, Founder and Director, Pilot Projects
Jonathan Marvel, Founding Principal, Marvel Architects
Molly Woodward, Vernacular Typography

On show at the library & cafe | Vernacular Typography by Molly Woodward
Vernacular Typography is a long-term non-profit project for the collecting and archiving of letterforms in the urban environment by designer Molly Woodward. Including her recent photograph taken at St. Ann’s Warehouse, we introduce a part of her collection located in New York, at our cafe and library space. Woodward is going to take part in the third session of the CITIZEN/ DESIGNER.