Open Archive: Project DMZ, 30 Years After

Newsprint from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 1988 exhibition, Project DMZ.




With Kyong Park, Dongsei Kim, Jungyoon Kim, Jinhyun Jun, Kangil Ji, Minkyung Song, Yehre Suh, Youngkyu Shim


Saturday, April 20th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY



3 pm – 5 pm


Book Signing by Kyong Park

Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing a Continental History

5 pm – 6 pm




Imagine the Korean Demilitarized Zone as a tiger farm or an airport, as an amulet for the reunification of the peninsula, or covered in a blanket of metal.


In November 1988, Storefront presented Project DMZ, an exhibition organized by Kyong Park and Cathleen Crab that imagined how the Korean DMZ might be occupied for non-military and anti-political uses. At the brink of South Korean democracy and right after the Seoul Summer Olympics, when it seemed almost possible that the DMZ could be the next geopolitical line to be removed, artists and architects such as Paul Virilio, Nam June Paik, Mo Bahc, and Lebbeus Woods proposed strategies for inventive use of the space, rather than for its outright elimination.


Today, 30 years later, the political divide between the two Koreas remains. However, recent and dramatic political rapprochement between North and South Korea and the United States hint at the potential for radical transformations to take shape in and around the DMZ.


Drawing upon Storefront’s extensive exploration of its own archival material, Project DMZ, 30 Years After brings together contemporary voices that address the DMZ in their own work and places them in conversation with works from the original exhibition in 1988.


Together, participants will question the urgency and agency of art and architecture to build new visions that engage socio-political predicaments such as the political division of the Korean Peninsula. Through the study of the unique landscapes and architectures of the DMZ, Project DMZ: 30 Years After identifies borders as one of the most fundamental structures that function to define “us” and “them.” In the wake of this divide, participants will imagine new futures that better serve the commons.


Project DMZ: 30 Years After is presented as part of the programming for Storefront’s current exhibition, State of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger, which examines the objects and spatial manifestations of tyranny both worldwide and locally in New York City. The event is also the first in a series of open archive events that Storefront will present periodically as part of its upcoming program, utilizing materials and documentation from the organization’s 36-year history of exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and projects, in conjunction with the organization’s ongoing effort to arrange, digitize, and preserve its archive for broad public access. To learn more about Storefront’s archive, see here.


The event also launches the publication Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing a Continental History by Storefront’s founding director, Kyong Park.



Imagining Eurasia visualizes the historical precedents and contemporary reconstructions of Europe and Asia as one continent, envisioning a new relationship between East and West. The book highlights the significance of cities, networks, and territories within urban, regional, and continental geopolitics. Through his research, Park questions whether greater trade, migration, and cultural exchange bring about greater empathy and communion between different societies, or they instead deepen distinctions and result in conflict. The book also uses photographs, videos, graphics, animations, and texts to examine the constitution of points, lines, and areas that have morphologically shaped the space and time of Eurasia. Learn more here.



Kyong Park is Professor of Public Culture at University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder and first Director of a number of institutions, including Storefront for Art and Architecture (1982–98), the International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit (1998–2001), and the Centrala Foundation for Future Cities in Rotterdam (2005–06). Park has also served as curator of the Gwangju Biennale (1997), Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the Anyang Public Art Project (2010), and Project Director of Imagining New Eurasia at the Asia Culture Center (2015–17). He has exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León (Spain), the Kunsthalle Graz, the Deichtorhallen (Hamburg), the Kunst-Werke Berlin, and the Nam June Paik Art Center (Seoul). He is the editor of Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond (2005) and the author of Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing A Continental History (2019).


Dongsei Kim is an architect, urbanist, and educator. He is an Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology. His research examines nation-state borders across multiple scales that explore the ways we define “us” and ‘them’ through architecture and urbanism’s spatial “inclusion” and “exclusion.” His research on the Korean Demilitarized Zone and urbanism has been widely exhibited and published internationally in Topos, Volume, Inflection, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, and The North Korean Atlas. He contributed to the Golden Lion award-winning “Crow’s Eye View” exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. He has taught at Korea University, Columbia University, Carleton University, RMIT, and Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). He received an MDesS (distinction) from Harvard University, MSAUD from Columbia University, and a B.Arch (honors) from VUW.


Jungyoon Kim is the Founding Principal of PARKKIM, a Seoul-based landscape architectural firm, and a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD. She founded the firm with Yoon-Jin Park in Rotterdam upon their winning entry in the Taiwan Chichi Earthquake Memorial Design Competition (2004). She has also completed projects with diverse scales and landscapes, including Yanghwa Riverfront (2011), CJ Blossom Park (2015), SBS Prism Tower (2012), and Triple Street Shopping Mall (2016). Current ongoing projects include the H Zen Center in Chicago and Hyundai Motors Training Facility. PARKKIM’s work has been recognized widely by contemporary design professionals and thinkers. Kim and Park also collaboratively published a book called Alternative Nature (2016) the compilation of articles in various media since 2001. Kim received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Bachelor of Agriculture from Seoul National University with distinction.


Jinhyun Jun was educated in both fine art and landscape architecture, and brings exceptional attention to the perception of users in three-dimensional experience. He attempts to use diverse media, as he believes that both fine art and design can serve to renew people’s perspectives. Jun received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Landscape Architecture from Seoul National University. He is currently an Associate at Field Operations and a founder of Studio M.R.D.O. Jun has designed many diverse spaces and typologies, such as urban developments, theme parks, public parks, and gardens.


Kangil Ji is a registered architect and co-founder of the design research studio DOH-GAM, founded with Namjoo Kim. While using his studio practice to investigate the relationship between environment, geometry, and human perception, he is concurrently working on higher education projects at Perkins+Will. He has won international design competitions including the Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture (2015, for which he also was a lead-designer), Hongdae Culture Platform (2016), and Arch Out Loud (2017). He has participated in the Elements of Architecture publication and exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale. He is a member of the AIA and holds an M.Arch from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Minkyung Song is an architect, urban designer, and researcher specializing in large-scale urban design solutions. Minkyung received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Yonsei University in Seoul. Before co-founding Studio M.R.D.O, she had worked on numerous interior design, architecture design, and urban design projects with renowned design offices including Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and CAZA Architects. Minkyung also has been involved in research projects in Korea with AURI (Korea Architecture and Urban Research Institute) and LH (Korea Land and Housing Corporation).


Youngkyu Shim is the founder and director of Project-DAY. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of GARM Magazine. He studied at Architectural Engineering at Hanyang University, and has been a reporter for the Joongang Daily Newspaper and Assistant Manager at SPACE Magazine. His research article on the DMZ, “A Flexible Expansion of Space to Resolve Conflicting Borders: The Demilitarized Zone of the Korean Peninsula” was published in the Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies in 2014.


Yehre Suh is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Environmental Studies, as well as Director of Urban Terrains Lab and the Office of Urban Terrains. She was the Curator of Asian Urbanism at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, Korea and has previously taught at Cornell University, Barnard College, City College of New York, and Pratt Institute. Suh’s research work focuses on the parallel urbanisms of North and South Korea. She is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey, and is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional. She received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Industrial Design from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and a Masters in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.



OPEN ARCHIVE: PROJECT DMZ, 30 YEARS AFTER is organized by Dongsei Kim, with research assistance and project management by Yisoo Choi. The event is based on ongoing research on the Korean Demilitarized Zone and original archive materials from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 1988 exhibition, Project DMZ, organized and curated by Kyong Park and Cathleen Crab.



PROJECT DMZ: 30 YEARS AFTER is supported by the New York Institute of Technology’s Institutional Support for Research and Creativity (ISRC) Grants.


The digitization of Storefront’s archive is made possible by a major grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The archive has also received generous support from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department; the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR); and Mr. Robert M. Rubin.
Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.


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Tyranny Trail

Presented as part of
State of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger

March 29th – May 4th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY


Tyranny Trail Guided Tour Dates:

Saturday, April 13th:

11 am–1 pm

3 pm–5 pm

with Ingrid Burrington


Friday, April 19th

3 pm–5 pm

with John Michael Kilbane


Saturday, April 20th

11 am–1 pm

with John Michael Kilbane


Friday, April 26th

11 am–1 pm

3 pm–5 pm

with Rebecca Manski






All tours are free of charge. Guided tours depart from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space and end at the 9/11 Memorial. The estimated duration of the tours is two hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk in areas with high pedestrian and vehicular traffic.


How do we understand tyranny? Tyranny defines contemporary culture, and though it is often talked about conceptually, its more subtle spatial manifestations have a real impact on our cities and public spaces. Despite a steady rise in street-level activism, hostile and defensive design have gradually and quietly transformed our buildings, parks, and homes into sites of surveillance and societal control.


As part of the exhibition State of Tyranny, Storefront presents the Tyranny Trail, which follows a route through the streets of Lower Manhattan, beginning at Storefront’s gallery space and ending at the 9/11 Memorial. The trail, developed by Theo Deutinger, highlights methods of control such as roadblocks, wedge barriers, and other anti-terror measures. It also highlights smaller-scale “quality of life” interventions that are more inconspicuous in our urban context, such as anti-skateboarding devices, anti-homeless bench design, and anti-graffiti paint.


On four dates in April, guided tours will be led by experts whose work addresses related issues. Guides include: Ingrid Burrington, a researcher and writer who explores the often-overlooked physical landscapes of internet and surveillance infrastructures; John Michael Kilbane, a photographer who has recently documented hostile architecture in New York City; and Rebecca Manski, an independent researcher and educator whose work in the Wall Street area considers issues of displacement, occupation, and decolonization.  


For those who cannot attend scheduled tour times, the Tyranny Trail can be walked as a self-guided tour. Detailed maps of the route, available at Storefront’s gallery space, contextualize each stop of the tour, enabling visitors to explore the Tyranny Trail on their own.


A PDF map of the trail is also available for self-guided tours here.


Read more about State of Tyranny here.



Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. Much of her work focuses on mapping, documenting, and studying the often-overlooked landscapes of the internet (and the ways in which the entire planet has become, in effect, a “landscape of the internet”). Her areas of inquiry vary widely, from the open-pit mines where minerals are extracted to create hardware, to the quiet insinuation of fiber optic cable and antennae into urban environments. By examining the political geography and embodied realities of living on a networked planet, she seeks to demystify these technologies for non-technical publics and to reframe technology’s underlying politics and power dynamics. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Popula, e-flux journal, and other outlets. She is also the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure. Ingrid has previously taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the Cooper Union, and the School for Poetic Computation.


John Michael Kilbane is a photographer from Illinois. He studied literature at Marquette University and University College London and has since held jobs in publishing and at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn before entering the General Studies program at the International Center of Photography in 2016. His photographs are made out of a close observation and attention to the human-shaped world. See his work at


Rebecca Manski is an independent researcher and educator specializing in the history of the Wall Street area, currently based at the South Street Seaport Museum. She first became intrigued by Lower Manhattan during her years with Occupy Wall Street’s Press Working Group. Before moving to New York to complete an Interdisciplinary Masters in Public History and Middle Eastern Studies, Rebecca lived in Palestine, doing media and advocacy work with a plethora of Palestinian organizations between 2003-2008. Having also lived the first five years of her life in Jerusalem, Rebecca’s thinking has always been informed by issues of displacement, walls, borders, liminal spaces, zones of indistinction, the Commons, and decolonization.



State of Tyranny is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.


Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

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State of Tyranny



Theo Deutinger

March 29th – May 4th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY



Saturday, April 13th: 11 am–1 pm / 3 pm–5 pm

Friday, April 19th: 3 pm–5 pm

Saturday, April 20th: 11 am–1 pm

Friday, April 26th: 11 am–1 pm / 3 pm–5 pm


All tours are free of charge and depart from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space. Learn more and RSVP here.


#stateoftyranny      #tyrannytrail      @storefrontnyc


How do we understand tyranny? Its global presence is felt and heard daily. It permeates news cycles, it defines the plots of television shows, and it has to be explained to our children. Tyranny defines contemporary culture, and though it is often talked about conceptually, its more subtle spatial manifestations have a real impact on our cities and public spaces.


Throughout the world, people, communities, and territories are at risk due to the design of the spaces they inhabit. Despite a steady rise in street-level activism, hostile and defensive design have gradually and quietly transformed our buildings, parks, and homes into sites of surveillance and societal control.


State of Tyranny unveils the methods and tools of urban design that seek to disable public agency in the name of public safety. The exhibition reorients our understandings of the power of the city and state-and the architectures they employ-through an installation in Storefront’s gallery space and a series of walking tours through Lower Manhattan called the Tyranny Trail.


Expanding upon research conducted by Theo Deutinger for his recent publication, Handbook of Tyranny, the exhibition and tours call attention to the spatial effects of tyranny, ultimately aiming to identify methods of control commonly used around the world, and to contextualize their embeddedness within New York City’s urban fabric.



State of Tyranny displays seven categories of control and design used in the service of power, from walls and fences to crowd control to prison cells and more. Through objects and tools such as passports and defensive tree plantings, the installation brings to attention to the ubiquity of oppressive design on global and local scales.


Detailed descriptions of the objects–sourced in part from the dry and technical language used by manufacturers praising the efficiency of these tools–gloss over the fact that their purpose is for the direct or indirect harm of human beings. Subdued by their coldness, the descriptions bring awareness to the ways in which design is abstracted through language that serves to normalize and obscure the objects’ inherent power.


Alongside the installation, videos that display particular objects such as skate deterrents and surveillance cameras will underscore the detrimental impacts of their use in public space. By focusing on the micro-scale tools of tyranny and control, State of Tyranny seeks to recontextualize design-based manifestations of power scattered throughout the city, and to highlight to the specific ways in which the culture of tyranny is present in urban and public spaces around the world.



The Tyranny Trail situates the objects and tools of tyranny locally, providing a new lens through which seemingly innocuous elements of buildings and neighborhoods are illuminated to participants as directly harmful to collective, communal, and politically active public life.


The Tyranny Trail follows a route through the streets of Lower Manhattan, beginning at Storefront’s gallery space and ending at the World Trade Center Memorial. The trail reiterates and expands upon the examples present in the installation, further conveying their implications for urban development and public use.


The tours, guided by local artists and researchers whose work addresses related issues, will highlight methods of control such as roadblocks, wedge barriers, and other anti-terror measures. Tours will also highlight smaller-scale “quality of life” interventions that are more inconspicuous in our urban context, such as anti-skateboarding devices, anti-homeless bench design, and anti-graffiti paint.


A map of the Tyranny Trail, provided at Storefront’s gallery space, will outline the route and contextualize each stop on the tour, enabling visitors to explore the Tyranny Trail on their own outside of scheduled tour times.



State of Tyranny and the Tyranny Trail are an expansion upon the research conducted for Handbook of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger, which addresses how elements of power are present in both the visual and logistical language of our cities and spaces. Through graphic illustrations, maps, diagrams, and other visualizations, the publication provides insight into the relationship between political power, territoriality, and systematic cruelties.



Theo Deutinger is an architect, writer, and designer of socio-cultural studies. He is the founder and head of TD, an office that combines architecture with research, visualization, and conceptual thinking at all scales, from global planning, urban master plans, and architecture to graphic design and journalism. Deutinger has written about the transformation of urban cultures through the consumption and influence of contemporary media. His work has been published in Mark, Wired, and Domus, and has been exhibited in Future Fictions Z33 (Hasselt, 2014), the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen/Hong Kong, 2014) and the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Deutinger has held teaching positions at Bauhaus (Dessau), Harvard GSD (Cambridge) and the Strelka Institute (Moscow). Currently, he teaches at the University of Art and Design Linz (Austria) and the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands).




State of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2019. Based on research presented in Handbook of Tyranny, 2018 by Theo Deutinger and Lars Müller Publishers.


Exhibition Concept and Design: Theo Deutinger and Brendan McGetrick

Exhibition Design Assistance: Stefanos Filippas, Jolande Kirschbaum

Research Assistance: Filip Arnsberg, Marlene Deutinger, Marie-Luise Muyselaar, Arseniy Sverdlov

Graphic Design: Studio Lin

State of Tyranny Team: Theo Deutinger and Brendan McGetrick, with Filip Arnsberg, Marlene Deutinger, Stefanos Filippas, Jolande Kirschbaum, Marie-Luise Muyselaar, Arseniy Sverdlov

Handbook of Tyranny Team: Joan Alcobé Alonso, Liam Cooke, Theo Deutinger, Stefanos Filippas, Marilia Kaisar, Jolande Kirschbaum, Eliza Mante, Vasiliki Mavrikaki, Tomasz Świetlik, Ekaterina Vititneva


Storefront for Art and Architecture

José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator

Jinny Khanduja, Deputy Director

Jessica Kwok, Gallery and Operations Manager

Patrick Jaojoco, Development and Communications Associate

Iara Pimenta, Curatorial Fellow

Chialin Chou, Associate Curator of Archives


Interns: Mila Broomberg, Gregory Carroll, Lin Sen Chai, Nadia Chan, Ellen Eberhardt, Daniel Li, Amora McConnell, Yuanyi Zhang



State of Tyranny is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.


Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

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Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona

Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona

March 28th, 2019 – May 5th, 2019

In collaboration with the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and urbanNext


#letterstothemayor #letterstothemayorbarcelona @storefrontnyc


Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona in collaboration with the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and urbanNext as part of the global project, Letters to the Mayor. Each iteration of Letters to the Mayor presents a collection of letters by more than 100 architects, addressing the most pressing issues facing their city.


Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona invites architects to write to the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.



Archikubik/Marc Chalamanch/Miquel Lacasta/Carmen Santana, Irma Arribas, Carolina B. García Estévez, Anna Bach, Teresa Batlle Pagès, Sandra Bestraten i Castells, Ibon Bilbao, Josep Bohigas Arnau, Marta Bugés i Aragonés, Denise Castro, Marina Cervera/Students Màster Paisatge UPC, Chiara Cesareo, Curro Claret, Jaume Clèries, Ana Cocho Bermejo, CollLeclerc/Jaime Coll/Judith Leclerc, Comando Señoras, Marc Conangla, Carles Crosas, Ignasi Cubiñá, Nu Diaz, Tomas Diez, Dobooku, Julia Doz/Cristina Garriga/My Bookcase, Expósito Expósito, Ramon Faura, Fulleda Arquitectes, Toni García, Mariona Genís Vinyals, Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, Daniela Hartmann, Sonia Hernández-Montaño, Alex Ivancic, Imma Jansana, Montsa Jovani/Caves Berdié/Jovani Vins, LaCol Arquitectura Cooperativa, Xarxa La Pera/Toni Sonalas/Cristina Casali, Josep Maria de Llobet, Marta Llorente, Areti Markopoulou, Rafael Martínez/Esther Ribas, Mayorga + Fontana arquitectos/Pia Fontana/Miguel Mayorga, MIAS Architects/ Josep Miàs/Marc Subirana, Nerea Mota, Zaida Muxí, NUA arquitectures/Maria, Simone Orso, Roger Paez, Jaume Prat Ortells, Eva Prats, Teresa del Pozo, Moisés Puente, Carmen Rodríguez Pedret, Marina Romero, Maria Rubert, Àfrica Sabé Dausà, Tomoko Sakamoto, Eduard Sancho Pou, Helena Sanz Palau, Glòria Serra Coch, Erica Sogbe, Son Canciones/ Mabel Alonso/Lieven Scheerlinck, Soon in Tokyo/ Angelo Palma, Olga Subirós, Judit Taberna Torres, Daniel Torres, Sara Torres/Víctor Betriu, Jon Tugores, Teresa Urroz/Chus Gómez, José Luis de Vicente, Vora/Pere Buil Castells/Toni Riba Galí




Local Curators

Ricardo Devesa, Xavier González, Núria Moliner (members of the urbanNext platform)


Mayoral Desk and Architect’s Table Design



Graphic Design and Wallpaper Design

Marga Gibert


Exhibition Design

Ricardo Devesa, Xavier González, Núria Moliner


Exhibition Organizers and Coordinators

Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC), Josep Ferrando (member of the Governing Board at COAC), and Gemma Molas (Cultural Events Assistant at COAC)




Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 20 cities across the globe, including Bogotá, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others. See here for a list of iterations.


Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects in each city to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.


Throughout history, architects have addressed this responsibility by navigating the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways, and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the political role of the architect has often been relegated to providing answers to questions that others have asked.


Letters to the Mayor questions this dynamic by inviting local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials and, simultaneously, into the public consciousness.

Call for Ideas: Independent Projects

Totora Reed Floating Islands of the Uros, Peru. Enrique Castro-Mendivil / @castromendivilphoto. From Ancient Innovations, Julia Watson, 2018. 


This year, Storefront will sponsor twenty independent architecture and design projects through NYSCA.




The Architecture + Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) awards project grants for individuals or teams through its Independent Projects category. These grants, of up to $10,000, are awarded to architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, fashion designers, industrial designers, and interior designers to “creatively explore or research an issue or problem in the design, planning, and/or historic preservation fields that advances the field and contributes  to the public’s understanding of the built environment.”


NYSCA seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize the artistry of design excellence. Projects may lead to the creation of design prototypes, explore new technology that impacts design, research a topic in design or architectural history, or engage in critical or theoretical analyses.


Storefront will sponsor up to 20 projects for the 2020 calendar year. Priority will be given to applications that align with Storefront’s organizational mission to advance innovative and critical positions that go beyond disciplinary and ideological boundaries.


Learn more about the program here, and read about NYSCA’s FY2020 guidelines here.




  1. Complete the initial application form and send it to with the subject line “NYSCA Independent Project Application Request” no later than 6 pm on Friday, March 1st, 2019.
  2. If you are selected as one of the 20 projects sponsored by Storefront, you will be asked to submit a full project proposal to Storefront for Art and Architecture no later than 6 pm on Friday, March 22nd.
  3. Additional application materials may be required in order to complete the submission. All additional materials must be received no later than 4pm on March 26th, 2019.




Grants are for individuals or groups, and applicants must be New York State residents at the time of application and while the project is being implemented. Student and faculty work that serves as part of a course curriculum is ineligible. Projects submitted by current students or faculty must demonstrate that the work was not part of a course curriculum. Note that individuals or teams may not apply for another NYSCA project with another team or with another fiscal sponsor organization. If individuals appear on more than one request, both requests will be ineligible for support. Further eligibility requirements may apply.




NYSCA Independent Project Grants cannot be used to support past work or current client work. They are intended to support new ideas and explorations that further the evolution of relevant design fields. Therefore, projects must take place between January 2020 and December 2020.




The complete program guidelines and application instructions are available here. For additional information, visit

Members Tour: United Nations



Friday, January 25th, 2019

4 – 6 pm


United Nations


With Ginni Wiik of the Royal Norwegian Consulate General


[Members RSVP]


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Members of Storefront for Art and Architecture are invited to a tour of the United Nations, led by Norwegian Consul Ginni Wiik.


Attendees will learn about the history of the UN complex, as well as how politics, architecture, and art have come together in the making of one of the most important political spaces in our city and across the globe. The tour will also make connections between the buildings and their surroundings, contextualizing the structures of the UN—as well as unseen aspects of their interiors—within the broader architectural history of Manhattan.




This tour is open to members of Storefront for Architecture. To attend, please RSVP here by Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.


If you’d like to join Storefront’s membership program in order to attend the tour, see here for more information or email

Members Tour: ALL THAT IS SOLID by Pablo Gómez Uribe

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018
7 pm 
168 Suffolk Street, New York, NY
With Pablo Gómez Uribe
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Members of Storefront for Art and Architecture are invited to a tour of ALL THAT IS SOLIDthe current exhibition at PROXYCO Gallery. The tour will be led by artist Pablo Gómez Uribe. 

Pablo Gómez Uribe uses his practice to investigate manifestations of social and political conflicts in urban environments, highlighting how traumatic events create new literal and psychological landscapes in cities. Gómez Uribe has previously worked with Storefront as the designer of the mayoral desk and architect’s table for Letters to the Mayor: Bogotá.
ALL THAT IS SOLID showcases recent work by Gómez Uribe that explores the notion of architecture as progress. The exhibition presents material tests for the building of a new fictional city, “Medenyal,” which has roots that lie in the demolished buildings of the artist’s hometown of Medellín. The show also puts forth proposals for new types of bricks made from the ruins of buildings and other materials, as well as exploratory artworks that problematize the relationships between memory and industry, culture and displacement, and dilapidation and development. 
This tour is open to members of Storefront for Architecture. To attend, please RSVP here by Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. A wine reception will follow the event. 
If you’d like to join Storefront’s membership program in order to attend the tour, see here for more information and email
Read more about the exhibition here.

Manifesto Series: Closed Worlds


Graphic design by Pentagram.


97 Kenmare Street

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

7 – 9 pm


With Lydia Kallipoliti, Peder Anker, Ross Exo Adams, Anna Dyson, Andrés Jaque, Anthony Vidler, and Mark Wigley


What do space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each was conceived as a closed system: a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary that does not allow for the transfer of matter or energy.


The history of twentieth-century architecture, design, and engineering has been strongly linked to the conceptualization and production of closed systems. As partial reconstructions of the world in time and in space, closed systems identify and secure the cycling of materials necessary for the sustenance of life. Contemporary discussions about global warming, recycling, and sustainability have emerged as direct conceptual constructs related to the study and analysis of closed systems.


From the space program to countercultural architectural groups experimenting with autonomous living, The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit? (Lars Müller, 2018) documents a disciplinary transformation and the rise of a new environmental consensus in the form of a synthetic naturalism, wherein the laws of nature and metabolism are displaced from the domain of wilderness to the domain of cities and buildings. While these ideas derive from a deeply rooted fantasy of architecture producing nature, The Architecture of Closed Worlds displays their integration into the very fabric of reality in our contemporary cities and buildings.


Manifesto Series: Closed Worlds brings together a panel of architects, building technologists, and historians to discuss the complex and divergent legacies of sustainable design practice as a bodily reality, beyond the statistics of resource management. Participants will be asked to present manifestos that convey counter histories and projected futures of closed systems in order to consider the potential impact of designing environments that simultaneously provide enclosure, sustainability, and sustenance. In order to challenge the established sustainability axiom “cradle to cradle,” one may need to look at shit.


About the Manifesto Series


The Manifesto Series format invites participants to denounce a present or past condition, proclaim an alternative present, past or future situation, and indicate a strategy or method of action.  


About the Book


The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit?


The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit? presents an archive of 37 historical living prototypes from 1928 to the present that put forth an unexplored genealogy of closed resource regeneration systems. Prototypes are presented through unique discursive narratives accompanied by historical images, and each includes new analysis in the form of a feedback drawing that problematizes the language of environmental representation by illustrating loss, derailment, and the production of new substances and atmospheres. Each drawing displays a feedback loop, wherein the human physiology of ingestion and excretion becomes the combustion device of an organizational system envisioned for humans, animals, and other live species. The moments of failure portrayed when closed worlds escape the designed loop cycles raise a series of questions about the ontology of autonomous enclosures.


The book also showcases a timeline of the 37 prototypes, illuminating the ways in which they have contributed to the idea of “net zero” in our contemporary culture of sustainability. The timeline highlights the evolution of total circular resource regeneration, from military research and the experiments of NASA’s space program, to more contemporary manifestations such as the benefits of the housing industry, countercultural practice for autonomous living in the city, nostalgia for the homesteading movement, and ecological tourism and environmental capitalism.


This book examines ecological questions viscerally, via the raw ecology of our bodies and their excrement. It studies recycling not as a statistical problem related to the management of urban resources but as a basic bodily reality affecting the water we consume and the air we breathe. To write a counter-history to the established sustainability axiom “cradle to cradle,” one needs to look at shit. Only through this raw confrontation may the ecology of life be somehow useful. To avoid clichés of sustainability, shit might be our only way out.


This book is supported by the Robert S. Brown ’52 Fellows Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Elise Jaffe & Jeffrey Brown, and Pentagram Design. It is based on the exhibition Closed Worlds, presented at Storefront’s gallery space in 2016.


Book design by Pentagram / Natasha Jen. Afterword essays by: Michelle Addington, Bess Krietemeyer, and Mark Wigley. Comments by: Peder Anker, Daniel Barber, Wulf Böer, Christina Ciardullo, Beatriz Colomina, Ross Exo Adams, Mitchell Joachim, Janette Kim & Eric Carver, Caroline Maniaque-Benton, Jonathan Massey, Albert Narath, and Theodora Vardouli.


About the Author


Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, and scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology, and environmental politics, and more particularly on recycling material experiments as well as theories of waste and reuse. She is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Master of Science Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has also taught at Syracuse University, Columbia University (GSAPP), Pratt Institute and the Cooper Union, where she also served as a Senior Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Design and as the Feltman Chair in Lighting.


Her work has been published and exhibited widely including the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, the Onassis Cultural Center and the Royal Academy of British Architects. Kallipoliti was the founder of EcoRedux, an innovative online open–source educational resource documenting the history of ecological experimentation, for which she received a silver medal in the W3 awards for environmental awareness, an honor at the 14th Webby Awards in Digital Arts and Sciences, the High Meadows Sustainability Fund, and the Lawrence Anderson Award for the creative documentation of architectural history. EcoRedux was also a traveling exhibition (including museums in Athens, New York and the Design Hub in Barcelona) and an issue of Architectural Design magazine (AD) edited by Kallipoliti in 2010.


Recently she authored The History of Ecological Design for Oxford English Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (2018) and the book The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit (Lars Muller Publishers/Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2018), based on the exhibition, Closed Worlds, at Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2016, and supported by the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as the ACSA award for creative achievement. Kallipoliti holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a Master of Science (SMArchS) in design and building technology from MIT and a PhD in history and theory of architecture from Princeton University.


Participant Bios


Ross Exo Adams is the FRK Faculty Fellow Assistant Professor of Architecture & Urban Theory at Iowa State University. His research looks at the history and politics of urbanization. He has published and presented widely on social and political relations between architecture, urban design, geography, and climate change. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Royal Institute of British Architects, The London Consortium, Iowa State University and The MacDowell Colony. He has taught at the Bartlett, the Architectural Association, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and the University of Brighton and is the Reviews Editor for The Journal of Architecture. His monograph, Circulation and Urbanization, is forthcoming this winter.


Peder Anker is Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. His teaching and research interests lie in the history of science, ecology, environmentalism and design, as well as environmental philosophy. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Dibner Institute and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and been a visiting scholar at both Columbia University and University of Oslo. He is the co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014) together with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim. He is also the author of From Bauhaus to Eco-House: A History of Ecological Design (Louisiana State University Press 2010), which explores the intersection of architecture and ecological science, and Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001), which investigates how the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire. Professor Anker’s current book project explores the history of ecological debates in his country of birth, Norway. Peder Anker received his PhD in history of science from Harvard University in 1999.


Anna Dyson teaches design, technology, and theory at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer. She is the director of The Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) which hosts the Graduate Program in Architectural Sciences, concentration is Built Ecologies. She has worked as a design architect and product designer in several offices in Canada, Europe, and the United States. Her work has been exhibited in the MoMA Young Architects Series, and was a finalist in the international Next Generation Design Competition. Dyson holds multiple international patents for building systems inventions and is currently directing interdisciplinary research sponsored to develop new systems for on-site energy generation. Dyson received a Baccalauréat Général from Université Laval and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.


Andrés Jaque, Phd Architect (ETSAM), is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia GSAPP, where he directs the Master of Science program in Advanced Architectural Design. Jaque is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice based in New York and Madrid, Spain, and has been teaching advanced design studios at Columbia GSAPP since 2013. His architectural work includes ‘Plasencia Clergy House’, ‘House in Never Never Land’, ‘TUPPER HOME’, ‘ESCARAVOX’ or ‘COSMO, MoMA PS1’. The Office for Political Innovation has been awarded with the SILVER LION to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale, the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award, London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Selection, Mies van der Rohe Award (finalist) and Architectural Record’s Designers of the Year Selection. Their publications include PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas or Everyday Politics; and their work has being included in the most important media, including A+U, Bauwelt, Domus, El Croquis, The Architectural Review, Volume or The New York Times; and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA, London Design Museum, MAK in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, RED CAT Cal Arts Contemporary Art Center in Los Angeles, Z33 in Hasselt, Schweizerisches Architektur Museum in Basel, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, the Hellerau Festspielhaus in Dresden, Princeton University SoA.


Anthony Vidler received his professional degree in architecture from Cambridge University in England, and his doctorate in History and Theory from the University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. Dean Vidler was a member of the Princeton University School of Architecture faculty from 1965–93, serving as the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair of Architecture, the Chair of the Ph.D. Committee, and Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies. In 1993 he took up a position as professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture from 1997. Dean Vidler was appointed Acting Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2001, and Dean of the School in 2002. A historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present, he has consistently taught courses in design and history and theory and continues to teach a wide variety of courses at The Cooper Union. He stepped down from the Deanship in 2013. As designer and curator he installed the permanent exhibition of the work of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux in the Royal Salt Works of Arc-et-Senans in Franche-Comté, France, as well as curating the exhibition, Ledoux et les Lumières at Arc-et-Senans for the European year of Enlightenment. In 2004 he was asked to curate the portion of the exhibition Out of the Box dedicated to James Stirling, for the Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal, and in 2010 installed the exhibition Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling, in the Yale Centre for British Art, an exhibition that then travelled to the Tate Britain and the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart in 2011. His publications include The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment (Princeton Architectural Press, 1987), The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (MIT Press, 1992), Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture (MIT Press, 2000), James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive (Yale University Press, 2010), and The Scenes of the Street and other Essays (Monacelli Press, 2011). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the architecture award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011.


Mark Wigley is Professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP. He served as Dean from 2004 to 2014. Wigley has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture and is the author of Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995); and The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993). He co-edited The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationalist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (2001). In 2005 he co-founded Volume magazine with Rem Koolhaas and Ole Bouman as a collaborative project by Archis (Amsterdam), AMO (Rotterdam), and C-lab (Columbia University). Wigley curated the exhibition Deconstructivist Architecture at The Museum of Modern Art, and others at The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. Mark Wigley was awarded the Resident Fellowship, Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism (1989), International Committee of Architectural Critics (C.I.C.A.) Triennial Award for Architectural Criticism (1990) and a Graham Foundation Gran (1997). He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Subculture Open Lab Days and Workshops

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Photo by Inessa Binenbaum.


Subculture Open Lab Days

With Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 and Friday, December 14th, 2018

11 am – 6 pm

Open to all


Storefront’s current exhibition Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City brings together work in biology, data science, material science to to reframe the value of microbial communities found in urban spaces. As an active laboratory for metagenomic sequencing, the gallery space explores the invisible ecologies and genetic landscapes of the built environment through the practice and study of genetic material collected directly from environmental samples across New York City.


On two Fridays this fall, the laboratory will be active and open to all to view. Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff, a computational biologist and one of the exhibition collaborators, will conduct the second and third rounds of DNA sequencing as part of the ongoing experiment.


Stop by at any point during these two Fridays to learn more about the process from Dr. Hénaff and Storefront’s staff.


Bioinformatics for Environmental Metagenomics 101: Introduction to DNA Sequencing and Analysis

With Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

97 Kenmare Street

2 – 4 pm

RSVP required. Capacity capped at 20. If you are interested in attending, please email with a brief statement about your relevant interests and background.


What is the DNA of the city?


Utilizing technological innovations of web-based, open source, and small-scale genetic sequencing devices, it is possible to collect, extract, sequence, and analyze microbial life of our immediate environments through novel and rapidly evolving techniques.


Bioinformatics for Environmental Metagenomics 101: Introduction to DNA Sequencing and Analysis, led by Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff, provides an introduction to the molecular structure of DNA through the basics of transcription and translation. Participants will learn about the current methods of “reading” sequences through the use of both short- and long- read DNA sequencing technologies. Using a sample dataset that includes metagenomic data from Subculture, participants will employ online tools to perform sequence alignments and searches, gaining an understanding of the applications and interpretations of this data for environmental metagenomics.


As as part of Subculture (and for use in this workshop), genetic material has been extracted from the bio-receptive wooden tiles installed on Storefront’s façade for analysis and interpretation. The materials, exposed directly to their environments, undergo a process designed to indicate the metabolic functions of the geographically-specific microbiome found on Kenmare Street. In this 101 workshop, participants will have the opportunity learn about the underlying principles and processes of the ongoing experiment at Storefront.


Interrogation Series: Across Scales and Species will follow Bioinformatics for Environmental Metagenomics 101; for more information, see HERE.


Requirements for participants for 101:

– Laptop computer with a web browser. Tablet use is possible but not recommended.


Bioinformatics for Environmental Metagenomics 202: Interpreting the Microbiome for Design

With Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff and Blacki Migliozzi

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

97 Kenmare Street

1 – 4 pm

RSVP required. Capacity capped at 10. If you are interested in attending please email with a brief statement about your relevant interests and background.


We are increasingly aware of the invisible and ubiquitous microbial component of our lives – in and on our bodies and in our environments. But, how do we actually measure these? What if we want to determine which bacteria are living around us?


In Bioinformatics for Environmental Metagenomics 202: Interpreting the Microbiome for Design, participants will learn the methods for identifying microbial species with DNA sequencing data, understand their functions, and explore their implications for urban design decisions. The workshop will utilize the dataset acquired for Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City. Participants will learn about file formats used for sequencing data and how to manipulate them, and will gain hands-on experience with computational tools used to identify bacterial species, their genes, and methods for visualizing the results that are generated.


Requirements for participants for 202:

– Laptop computer with a UNIX-based operating system. Tablet use is not possible.

Interrogation Series: Across Scales and Species

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 6.16.32 PMDevora Najjar collecting samples from hives in Brooklyn. Elizabeth Hénaff. 2015.


97 Kenmare Street
Saturday, November 10, 2018


With David Benjamin, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Elizabeth Hénaff, and Kevin Slavin


What does it mean to design for multiple species? When we do not, are we committing unknown crimes?


Increasingly, architects, biologists, designers, and technologists are working to produce more bio-receptive and symbiotic environments—but not without some tumultuous stories. Interrogation Series: Across Scales and Species brings together these experts and others to reveal the effects of the built environment and microbiological ecologies on genetic landscapes, from urban spaces to our bodies. In the form of a deposition, participants will answer a series of questions that serve to interrogate our current understandings of design amidst potentially delinquent and entirely human-centered design practices.


In 2010, a 50-year-old maraschino cherry factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn developed a colorful problem: bees across the city were producing red honey, attracting all sorts of attention. Fast forward five years, and the story grew to include the Brooklyn District Attorney, the Department of Environmental Conservation, a 2500 square foot marijuana growhouse, and a suicide. It played out amidst parallel concerns around food safety, insect health, and industrial runoff in a strange biocriminal saga that reaffirmed our collective indebtedness to bees.


Drawing on the latent detective prowess of bees, a team of experts from MIT, NYU, Cornell, and The Cooper Union came together to install hives around the city in 2015 as part of a project called Holobiont Urbanism. The apiaries positioned bees as metagenomic sensors that could collect data about the microbial communities found within their flight ranges. This burgeoning field of research reveals origins, actions, and destinations of humans and animals in neighborhoods around the city, shedding light upon entirely new species and ecosystems as well as methods for fighting pollutants present in the air and water.


Storefront’s current exhibition, Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City questions the common perceptions of our interactions with the microscopic world, providing insight into the future of design, from data science to material science. It proposes future-oriented practices of data collection and interpretation that can produce new modes of environmental perception.


To read more about the installation and exhibition, see Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City.


Prior to Interrogation Series: Across Scales and Species, Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff will lead the first of two workshops entitled Bioinformatics for Environmental Metagenomics. To read more about the workshop, see HERE.


About the Interrogation Series


The Interrogation Series employs the format of an interview, deposition, or Q&A to evince and implicate emerging modes of thought within institutionalized practices. With the presumption that a crime (a book, building, photograph, thought…) has been perpetrated, a dialogical exchange documents a testimony with an open-ended verdict, be it confession, indictment, or exoneration.


About the Participants


Ariane Lourie Harrison is an architect, educator, and co-founder of Harrison Atelier. Ariane has taught at the Yale School of Architecture since 2006, in the graduate and undergraduate studio and design sequences and in the graduate history/theory sequence. She is also currently teaching at Pratt Institute GAUD in the MS Arch program. She is the editor of Architectural Theories of the Environment: Posthuman Territory (Routledge, 2013). Ariane worked at Eisenmann Architects (May 2006 through August 2008). She is the editor of Ten Canonical Buildings by Peter Eisenmann (Rizzoli, 2008). Ariane received her Ph.D in architectural history from the Institute of Fine Arts NYU with a thesis titled, “Mass-Produced Aura: Thonet and the Market for Modern Design, 1930-1953″. She received her M.Arch from Columbia University and an AB, summa, in architectural history from Princeton University. She is a LEED AP and registered architect in the state of New York.


Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff is a computational biologist and assistant professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. At the center of her research is a fascination with the way living beings interact with their environment. She has made contributions to understanding how plants respond to the force of gravity, how genome structure changes in response to stress, and most recently has turned her attention to the ubiquitous and invisible microbial component of our environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that ranges from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, to projects with landscape architects, to working as an artist in environments from SVA to the MIT Media Lab. She teaches courses in BioDesign in the Integrated Digital Media department at NYU Tandon.


The Living (led by David Benjamin) is a design studio and an experiment in living architecture. Its work focuses on expanding the definition of environmental sustainability through the frameworks of biology, computation, and a circular economy. The studio has won design awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Architectural League, the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, the Museum of Modern Art, Ars Electronica, the German Federal Government, and Holcim Foundation. Recent projects include the Embodied Computation Lab (a new building for research on sensors and robotics) and Hy-Fi (a branching tower made of a new type of biodegradable brick). A monograph about the studio, Now We See Now: Architecture and Research by The Living, will be published by The Monacelli Press in Fall 2018. The studio team is: David Benjamin (Founding Principal), John Locke, Danil Nagy, Damon Lay, Dale Zhao, Jim Stoddart, Ray Wang, and Lorenzo Villaggi.


Kevin Slavin was the Founding Chief Science and Technology Officer for The Shed as well as the Founder of the Playful Systems group at MIT’s Media Lab, where he retains a Research Affiliate title. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and co-founded several companies, including Area/Code, one of the earliest pioneers of geolocative gaming, acquired to become the New York office of Zynga in 2011. He is one of the founding editors and is on the Editorial Board of the MIT Press Journal of Design and Science, and is on the board of The Cooper Union, where he was Vice-Chair between 2014 and 2016. He co-developed the Urban Computing class at NYU’s ITP. and has taught at ITP, Cooper Union, MIT, and Fabrica, among others.