PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 Design Charrette May 19th


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Sunday, May 19th | 10:00-3:30pm
First Street Green Park, 33 East 1st Street, New York City, NY. Corner of Houston and 2nd Ave
$5 entry fee per person required

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Registration closes May 17th, 2013

Jury includes:
Pat Arnett, Robert Silman Associates
Silva Ajemian, Todo Design, First Street Green Cultural Park
Keller Easterling, Keller Easterling Architect, Professor Yale School of Architecture
Juergen Riehm, 1100 Architect
David Turnbull, Atopia
Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography

SUPERFRONT is happy to announce that on Sunday, May 19th, 2013, we will be hosting a 3 hour design charrette for the construction of the PUBLIC SUMMER 2013 Pavilion in First Street Green Cultural Park, in partnership with First Street Green. SUPERFRONT’s PUBLIC SUMMER program offers designers the opportunity to produce a temporary installation for dynamic community programming that will be open to the public on weekends from July 1st through August 15th 2013.

The design charrette will explore manifestations of movement as they relate to the description and prescription of space. Human bodies employ specific navigation mechanisms to guide themselves through complex spatial layerings. This complexity is compounded in an urban context where moments of openness and closeness affect our bodily movements directly towards clarification or confusion. When space is delineated and limited, how can it host multiplicities of experiences based on individual movement within and round it? Can designed space predict and destabilize assumptions at the same time?

Located in the heart of bustling Manhattan, First Street Green Cultural Park provides a unique context of breathing space within the dense metropolis. This Cultural Park is host to exciting multidisciplinary events throughout the summer, beginning with Ideas City Festival in May, Movement Research Company, and artists in residence as well as design workshops. The Public Summer design charrette aims to produce a temporary performance space where the body can study its movement for the duration of a month and a half.

Upon completion of registration, participants will be emailed a document with guidelines about the competition. On the day of the competition, participants will be handed a detailed brief for an outdoor space to be managed for public activity in First Street Green Cultural Park. The selected team will have the opportunity to construct their design in the Park, in collaboration with SUPERFRONT. Construction will be supported through donated materials partners, and novice construction volunteers. The winning team will be given an honorarium of $500 and a budget of $1500 for additional supplies. The temporary outdoor installation will open on July 1st and will run until August 15th.

The charrette is aimed at (though not limited to) young designers five years or less out of school or under 35. You may participate as an individual or as a team of up to four people. Please note that on Saturday, May 18th, 2012 there will be a Public Summer site visit of the Park at 11:00am. SUPERFRONT staff will be there to answer any questions. All directions and detailed information will be emailed to registrants prior to May 18th.


Please click the PayPal link to register. Please note the registration fee is $5 per individual attending.

Please RSVP with all names and emails of those attending to

Registration is open until Friday, May 17th, 2012 at 11:59 pm.

To volunteer for summer design-build construction, email

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