Design Charrette for Public Summer at Industry City

Sign up now! Public Summer 2 Hour Charrette
June 11, 2011 | 2pm – 5pm
55 33rd St 2nd flr | Brooklyn, NY 11232
$10 entry fee required | $5 advance order (below)

SUPERFRONT Public Summer at Industry City:
2 Hour Public Design Charrette, a sequel to last year’s successful Sketch 120 (a co-sponsored event with The Architectural League’s Design in 5 group)

Jury includes: Vito Acconci (Acconci Studio), K8 Hardy, Mitchell Joachim (TerraForm), Olympia Kazi (Van Alen), and Ada Tolla (LOT-EK)

The theme for this year’s SUPERFRONT PUBLIC SUMMER is industrial city, industrial buildings. What can you do with industrial space after industry has left? The default real estate model seems to be, in the absence of luxury condo conversion, to do nothing. In opposition to that model we’re starting in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with the assertion that doing nothing is not an option. For 8 weeks a former loading courtyard is being converted into a festival space designed specifically for the neighborhood’s contemporary performance and arts activity.

SUPERFRONT’s PUBLIC SUMMER program offers young designers the opportunity to produce a temporary installation for local performers, non-profits, community groups, arts programs, or other civic-minded groups in Brooklyn. This summer’s 3,000 sq ft space is accessible from 2nd Avenue in Sunset Park, located between formerly industrial buildings at Industry City near 36th street west of the BQE. The space will be allocated without charge to a chosen community organization.

Charrette participants will be assigned a program brief with parameters for a semi-outdoor space to be managed for public arts and performance activity. The selected team will have the opportunity to construct their design in a 3,000 square foot outdoor space between industrial waterfront buildings in collaboration with SUPERFRONT. Construction will be supported through donated materials from Materials For The Arts, other partners, and novice construction volunteers. Winners will be given an award of $250 and a budget of $1,000 for additional supplies. The temporary outdoor installation will open on July 9th and will run until September 3rd.

The two-hour charrette is aimed at (though not limited to) young designers five years or less out of school or under 35. Designers may participate as an individual or as a team of up to four people.

Order your advance ticket for $5 here (through June 9) ->

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*be industrious


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