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Keller Easterling: World City Trailers

Tuesday November 18, 2014

Keller Easterling: World City Trailers

World City Trailers

a selection of films on the occasion of the launch of  Extrastatecraft: the Power of Infrastructure Space  by Keller Easterling

Tuesday, November 18



An emergent genre of urban porn, urban music video or urban trailer now promotes the global city building epidemic. In the typical template for these videos, a zoom from outer space drops through clouds to reveal the location of a new world city. 


The stirring music of an epic adventure or western accompanies a swoop through shimmering cartoon skylines, resorts, suburbs and sun flares. A deep movie-trailer voice repeats all the mantras of free trade and incentivized urbanism to which foreign investment has become addicted to no taxes, no bureaucracy, streamlined customs, and deregulation of labor or environment law. This new free zone paradigm, often no longer the fenced in warehousing compound of just 30 or 40 years ago, nevertheless harbors grisly, stabilized forms of labor abuse, and it still fails to return optimal economic results. But egged on by global consultancies, the zone is now bathed in redemptive rhetoric and treated as the necessary signal for entry into a global marketplace. 


This selection of promotional videos, from among scores of others, demonstrates how contagious the free zone has been all around the world with examples from Tunisia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Georgia, Ecuador, Kenya, Taiwan, Afghanistan, UAE, Lithuania, Malaysia, India, Libya, Nigeria, Holland, Laos, Azerbaijan, Gabon, Tanzania and Kuwait. Comically drunk on heroic urban aspirations the videos distract from their inherent violence as they mix things like fantasy environments, Hegel quotes and buildings shaped like diamonds or dolphins. 


Join us at 7pm sharp to hear Keller Easterling's reflections on the book and the "World City Trailers" compilation. The videos, presented on the occasion of the launch of  Extrastatecraft: the Power of Infrastructure Space  (Verso 2014) will be played continuously over wine and conversation.


FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please support our programs and become a member. If you are a Storefront member and would like to reserve a seat at the event, RSVP to Melissa Weisberg at mw@storefrontnews.org.



About Extrastatecraft: the Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso 2014)

Repeatable spatial formulas, like those for free zone world cities, make most of the space being built in the world. Some of the most radical changes to the globalizing world are being written in the language of this almost infrastructural spatial matrix. Administered by mixtures of state and non-state players and driven by profound irrationalities and dubious aspirations, infrastructure space generates de facto, undeclared forms of polity that can outpace law, and it is the secret weapon of some of the world's most powerful players. Even at a moment of ubiquitous computing, Extrastatecraft: the Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso 2014) considers space itself as an information system with the power and currency of software-a spatial operating system for shaping the city. With an experimental narrative structure, the book, moves between exposing evidence of infrastructure space and learning to detect the violence and productivity immanent in its organization. But it also rehearses ways to hack this space with expanded techniques of form-making and surprising approaches to political activism.


Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. In addition to  Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), Easterling is the author of Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), The Action is the Form (Strelka Press, 2012) Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999). Easterling’s essay “Floor” was recently included in the Elements exhibition of the 2014 Venice Biennale.




Saturday November 15, 2014 – Sunday November 23, 2014


With the participation of Gene Kohn (KPF),  Shawn McLearen,  Antoni Muntadas, Ippolito Pestellini,  Amie Siegel, OfficeUS Partners and Founders among others.

November 17-23, 2014


US Pavilion, Giardini (Venice, Italy)

Monditalia, Arsenale (Venice, Italy)


OfficeUS, with its first headquarters at the Venice Architecture Biennale, was founded in 2014 with the mission to critically reflect on the production of architecture globally today. Taking as transversal lens of inquiry an archive that contains the production of US firms in a global context over the last hundred years and the architecture offices themselves, OfficeUS has been simultaneously looking backwards and forward while projecting a new model for global architectural practice open to all of us.


Over the last twenty-five weeks of the Biennale, the  OfficeUS Partners, Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Cooking Sections: Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe, Curtis Roth, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Matteo Ghidoni, and M-A-U-S-E-R: Mona Mahall & Asli Serbest have been addressing the 25 OfficeUS Issues, working in collaboration with global outpost offices and a diverse cast of visiting experts, from high rise engineers to students, submitting historical material to contemporary critique while projecting an alternative future where issues become assets.


The closing Issue of OfficeUS, Bullets With-Out Ideology, aims to address the role of architects in the perpetuation or redefinition of current economic, social and political forms of action.


For the last week of OfficeUS in Venice, OfficeUS Partners will target some of the projects to be developed in the future present, including PARK, an investigation on corporate social responsibility, and the way the project's structures and forms shape the future of our cities.   


Below is a series of events, screenings and lectures that will take place throughout the week: 


Friday, November 16, 1pm

US Pavilion in the Giardini 

Shawn McLearen lecures on American Capital & Local Cultural Ecosystems - Towards a Cultural Development Corporation


Tuesday November 18 to Sunday, November 23, 11am-6pm

Stage D, Arsenale

The Architects a film by Amie Siegel commissioned for the closing of OfficeUS screens at the Arsenale, at stage D of Monditalia.


Wednesday, November 19, 11am-6pm

US Pavilion in the Giardini

A photographic essay by Brett Beyer "Seven fundamental views of the Architectural Office" is presented throughout the day. 


Thursday, November 20, 11am-6pm

US Pavilion in the Giardini

A digital essay by Studio Indefinit of aerial images of the almost thousand projects contained in the Repository is on display throughout the day. 


Friday November 21, 11am

US Pavilion in the Giardini

A. Eugene Kohn, the Chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, who founded KPF on July 4, 1976 along William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox, will lecture on the development of KPF global strategy and some of the major international projects the firm has constructed over the years.


As part of the ongoing research of OfficeUS, Studio Indefinit has extracted as a composite global map the satellite site images of the projects contained in the OfficeUS Repository exhibition at OfficeUS. The full project, World Sites, is on display at the OfficeUS, the US Pavilion in Venice on November 21st and on November 23rd.


Saturday, November 22, 12pm 

US Pavilion in the Giardini 

Amie Siegel, along with invited curators, media theorists and filmmakers discuss The Architects a film by Amie Siegel and commissioned for the closing of OfficeUS.


Saturday November 22, 10pm - late

Venue TBA

An event curated by OfficeUS Partners marks the closing of OfficeUS in Venice.


Sunday November 23, 11am-6pm 

US Pavilion in the Giardini 

OfficeUS Partners, Founders and a cast of guests and curators close the United States of America Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with a working session, and a series of conversation with invited guests, including the presentation of the second publication of OfficeUS, OfficeUS Atlas, and the upcoming exhibition in Spring 2015 at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, as well as the future paths of OfficeUS.  Studio Indefinit's project, World Sites will be on display.


About Studio Indefinit

Participant Bios

Shawn McLearen is a real estate developer and Member of Storefront for Art for Architecture. Until recently he served as Vice President of Property Development for Artspace Projects - America's largest non-profit real estate developer for the arts - where he helped raise over $100M toward the completion of projects in New York. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Ming.


Brett Beyer is an architectural and fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his degree in studio art from Bard College. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, American Photography, Rolling Stone, Dwell, Fast Company, and The Cornell Journal of Architecture. Some of his architectural clients include Cornell Architecture Art & Planning, OMA, and SOM. His recent group exhibitions include “5 Beekman” as part of Visions at Temple Court in New York City, and “OMA: Aerial/Interior” as part of the International Photography Awards Best of Show in Los Angeles. In 2013 he took part in a week-long residency as part of the 30th anniversary show “Being” at Storefront for Art and Architecture. He is currently photographing architectural offices in New York City to be shown at the OfficeUS Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. 


Amie Siegel.  Ranging from photographs, video, film installations, and feature films for the cinema, American artist Amie Siegel’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions including Amie Siegel: Provenance, currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as solo and group exhibitions at MoMA/PS1, MAXXI Rome, Hayward Gallery, London, Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her films have screened at Cannes, Berlin, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, Guggenheim Foundation, and  is the recipient of a Sundance Institute Film Fund award.


A. Eugene Kohn, Chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, founded KPF along with William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox, based on a commitment to design service and excellence. Gene has served as Partner-in-Charge of many of KPF's major domestic and international projects and is responsible for many of the firm's new commissions. He has developed a global strategy and has shaped the firm into one of the world's leaders in all aspects of architectural practice.

Alberto Momo (1972). Film lover, critic and independent film-maker, he lives and works in Torino.  After his architecture studies, he makes videos and documentaries, screened in festivals such as Venezia, Locarno, Rotterdam, Montréal.  His special interest is in spatial character of cinema. He made architecture movies for the Accademia di San Luca in Roma and La Biennale di Venezia (2012). He won best Italian documentary in Torino 2006 with a portrait of the Italian architect Elio Luzi. He worked also for TV programs on Italian broadcasts Rai3 and Rai4.  PhD in Architecture with a work on Italian television landscape, lecturer in cinema, architecture, city and territory at the Politecnico of Torino. He writes for several revues and publications (Blow Up, Il Manifesto, Il giornale dell'architettura, l'Enciclopedia Treccani). In 2013, he published with Donatello Fumarola the book Atlante sentimentale del cinema per il XXI secolo, 50 conversations with most important contemporary filmmakers.  As a curator, he realized an installation about Torino in television history within the exibition 011 Torino (with Filippo De Pieri, 2008) and the movie-map of Italy in the exibition Monditalia at La Biennale di Architettura of Venezia 2014, with 80 sequences from italian movies in 60 screens.

Born in 1942 in Barcelona, Antoni Muntadas has lived and worked in New York since 1971. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the 51st Venice Biennale (Spanish Pavilion), Documenta VI and X, and the Sao Paulo, Whitney, Lyon, Gwangju and Istanbul Biennales. Solo exhibitions include The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum in California, the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, the Capc de Bordeaux, France, the Museo de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, among other institutions. Muntadas has a long-standing academic career, teaching in universities worldwide.


Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli joined OMA in 2007 and is based in Rotterdam. Pestellini's work and research at OMA/AMO has a focus on design, preservation, scenography, and curation. He currently leads the transformation design of the 16th century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, and developed Monditalia, a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on Italy, at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Recently, Pestellini has directed the design of OMA's Tools for Life furniture collection for Knoll, led architectural competitions including the expansion of Bocconi University in Milan and the Tecnopole of Bologna, designed scenography for the Greek theater of Siracusa in Sicily, and co-curated Cronocaos, OMA's exhibition on preservation at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale. Since 2010, Pestellini has overseen a range of AMO projects with Prada, including stage design for fashion shows and directing special events and publications. He contributes to the curatorial development and exhibition design for Fondazione Prada, with projects such When Attitudes Become Form: 1969/2013 in Venice. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano.

Davide Rapp. 1980, architect and videomaker, graduated at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2005 he has been collaborating with several architectural offices in Milano (mutti&architetti, Stefano Boeri Architetti). He is a PH.d candidate in Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano. He presented his work and research at different international schools of design and architecture, delivering lectures at Domus Academy , Milano - NABA , Milano - Politecnico di Milano  - Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule , Halle. He is co-author (with Alberto Iacovoni, Rome) of the graphic-essay Playscape (Edizioni Libria, 2009) looking at the public space as a promising field of experimental architectures. He is co-author (with Federico Bernocchi and Francesca Benedetto, Milano) of The Dog From The City (Milano, 2013), a short movie describing the relationship between Nature and the City through the eyes of a dog walking in parks and public spaces. He participated in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - Fundamentals (Biennale Venezia, 2014) with the project ‘Elements’, a movie montage of short architecture-related clips conceived specifically for the intro room of the exhibition Elements of Architecture.


Cabaret Series: Ventriloquism

Thursday November 13, 2014

Cabaret Series: Ventriloquism

Cabaret Series:


An evening with the Avery Review and ARPA Journal.


Thursday, November 13, 7-9pm


Live stream here.

In architecture, where research is everywhere and commentary comes easy, how does criticism and research speak to one another? Who are their publics and what are their modes of address? In a cabaret reading, ARPA Journal and the Avery Review reenact the voices that animate two forums of spirited public conversation. In these acts, critics and subjects will trade places, reading from and responding to the arguments and tactics of each other as a form of exchange.  


Join the journals' editors and contributors Amale Andraos, Carson Chan, Andrés Jaque, Jennifer Leung, Leah Meisterlin, Elliot Montgomery, Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose for an evening of ventriloquism and reverie.


Avery Review and ARPA Journal are digital periodicals from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Through lively writing and engaged critique, both eschew the boundaries of academia and practice, and argue for the urgency of new platforms for thinking about architecture. ARPA Journal presents applied research to examine the ethical implications of research practice, and spark ideas for its potential transformation. The Avery Review explores the critical essay as potent form for testing one's own intellectual commitments though an engagement with the work of others. 


Avery Review is:

James Graham, Editor

Caitlin Blanchfield, Managing Editor

Jordan Carver & Jacob Moore, Contributing Editors



ARPA Journal is:

Janette Kim, Founder and Editor

Troy Conrad Therrien, Editor

Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt, Editor



Music by David Copenhafer.




Amale Andraos is the dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a founding partner of WORKac. Her publications include 49 Cities, Above the Pavement, the Farm!, and the forthcoming Architecture and Representation: The Arab City.


Jordan Carver is the 2014–2015 Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo, a co-organizer of Who Builds Your Architecture? and an editor of the Avery Review.


Carson Chan is an architecture writer and curator, pursuing a PhD in Architecture at Princeton University. He has curated many exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture, including the 4th Marrakech Biennial with Nadim Samman and the Biennial of the Americas 2013. His writing appears in books and periodicals worldwide, including Kaleidoscope, where he is a contributing editor, and 032c (Berlin), where he is editor-at-large.


Andrés Jaque directs Andrés Jaque Architects and the Office for Political Innovation. The architecture office explores the potential of post-foundational politics and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology to rethink architectural practices. Jaque is currently Advanced Design Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP Columbia University. 


Jennifer W. Leung is co-founder and principal of LCD Studio based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. Ms. Leung was the 2006–2007 Architecture and Urban Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum and a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow.  She received an M.Arch I from Princeton University and a B.S. from UCLA.


Leah Meisterlin is an urbanist, architect, and planner; a geosocial data scientist, geographic information systems specialist, and cartographer. Currently, she is a Partner at an interdisciplinary architecture practice Intersticity, term assistant professor of architecture at Barnard & Columbia, and Research Director at  Special Project Office  (SPO). Her research is primarily focused on concurrent issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. 

Elliott P. Montgomery uses speculative design methods to probe social and environmental implications of emerging technological scenarios. He currently teaches design strategies at Parsons, The New School for Design and has practiced as a design consultant for clients such as Autodesk, GE, LG, Honeywell, and the NYC Department of Education. His work has been exhibited at institutions around the world, including the Museum of Art and Design, the Shanghai Powerstation of Art, the Cite du Design International Biennale, and The Storefront for Art and Architecture. Montgomery is a former design research resident at the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E, a Core77 Design Award Winner, and an Andrew Carnegie Scholar.


Garrett Ricciardi grew up in New Jersey. He received his Masters of Architecture from Princeton University where he was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for Excellence in Design. Before studying at Princeton, he attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study program, and received his BFA from Cooper Union. He has worked for Acconci Studio, Stan Allen Architect, and Steven Holl Architects. Ricciardi’s art and design work has been exhibited internationally in numerous galleries and museums including The Sculpture Center, MIT List Visual Art Center, The Center for Book Arts, and Artist’s Space. In addition, he has received grants from the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts and the Bose Audio Corporation.

Julian Rose grew up in Colorado and New York City. He received his Masters of Architecture from Princeton University where he was awarded the School of Architecture History and Theory Prize. Prior to attending Princeton he earned his BA from Harvard University in Art and Architectural History. He has worked for AMO on Rem Koolhaas’s proposal for the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and for the American firm LTL Architects on various buildings, installations, and exhibition designs, including projects sited at Lincoln Center and the Architectural League of New York. Rose’s writing on both art and architecture has been published internationally in such publications as Domus, Log, and Artforum.


Avery Review and ARPA Journal editors bios:

Caitlin Blanchfield is a writer and researcher who lives in New York. She is Managing Editor in the Office of Publications at Columbia University GSAPP and an editor of the Avery Review, her writing has appeared in Pidgin, San Rocco, Urban Omnibus, and elsewhere. 

James Graham is the Director of Publications at Columbia University GSAPP, where he is also teaching and pursuing his PhD in architectural history. He is the founding editor of the Avery Review, and his own writing has been published in Grey Room, AA Files, Manifest, and other journals.

Janette Kim is an architectural designer, researcher and educator based in New York City. She is principal of All of the Above, a design practiced based in Brooklyn, and a faculty member at the Columbia University GSAPP, where she directs the Applied Research Practices in Architecture initiative and the Urban Landscape Lab

Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt is a Master of Architecture candidate at Columbia University GSAPP and received her B.A. in Art History and Architectural Studies from Brown University. She is also co-founder and co-editor of : (Colon) Publication.

Troy Conrad Therrien is a partner in Therrien–Barley, a design and innovation consultancy, and a faculty member at the Columbia University GSAPP where he co-directs the Architecture Online Lab and directs The Energy Issue initiative. He holds an MA in architecture history and theory from the AA, an MArch from Columbia and a BASc. in computer engineering from the University of British Columbia.

OfficeUS: Mission Good

Saturday November 8, 2014

OfficeUS: Mission Good

Mission Good


November 8-12, 2014

US Pavilion, Giardini (Venice, Italy)

With the participation of:

Nicholas Garrison, Partner, FXFOWLE


The Mission Good workshop at OfficeUS explores architectural criteria that emerge at the intersection of philanthropy, generosity and cultural colonialism. The workshop will specifically focus on the topic of Mission Good with respect to the contemporary spaces of education.


The Future Spaces of Education

Saturday November 8, 2:30-5:00pm

The world of education is experiencing its greatest period of change since the medieval university was created. This panel examines these changes and their effect on the design of schools and educational institutions. Using precedent cases and speculative future scenarios participants will explore the role of architecture in constructing spaces of learning and supporting evolving pedagogical and educational structures.


2:30 Presentation by Nicholas Garrison

3:30 Presentation by OfficeUS

4:30 Public Discussion


Project Analysis

Sunday November 9, 11:00-13:00

OfficeUS + Nicholas Garrison (Partner FXFOWLE) will analyze a series of 20 university or school projects investigating their basic features and plans in regards to the pedagogical frameworks which they support. The materials generated in those days will be compiled into a small publication featuring schools and universities and their attendant pedagogical models from the repository and around the world.


Project Analysis

Tuesday November 11, 11:00-13:00

Participants and the public will work to develop architectural schemes for future institutions which aim to turn inventive pedagogical concepts into built forms.


Nicholas Garrison, AIA, OAQ, LEED, is Partner and Design Director of FXFOWLE’s Cultural-Education Studio. A site-specific design culture is evident throughout his projects worldwide, ranging from his award-winning schools in Chennai and Sofia, to the Athenaeum at Goucher College and the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University. Current projects include the Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School in the Bronx, New York, Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School in Erzurum, Turkey, Dhahran Ahliyya School in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the master plan for Ethical Cultural Fieldston School in New York City, as well as a new university campus in Nairobi, Kenya. His completed work includes more than 15 International Schools including campuses in Ankara, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Budapest, Cairo, Noida (Delhi), The Hague, Istanbul, Riyadh and Vienna, as well as signature higher education projects for Columbia, Vanderbilt, Penn State, and RIT. His projects have been recognized with many design awards, most notably for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, which won an AIA National Honor Award, the Prix d’Excellence from the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec, and the Governor General’s Award Premier Prix from the Canadian Government.

OfficeUS: Big Box Rules Workshop

Saturday November 1, 2014

OfficeUS: Big Box Rules Workshop
Big Box Rules

Big Box Rules Workshop

November 1, 2014


With participation of:

Mahmood Faruqi, Director, RTKL

Jorge Beroiz, Director, RTKL

Jan-Maurits Loecke, Associate, RTKL

Aran Chadwick, Director, Atelier One


The Big Box Rules workshop explores the typologies of trade, the logistics that instigate them, and the physical landscapes that they enable in turn. With a series of presentations and conversations with OfficeUS experts on the subject of the big box typology, this week brings Mahmood Faruqi and Jorge Beroiz, both directors at RTKL, Jan-Maurits Loecke, an associate at RTKL and Aran Chadwick, a director at Atelier One.


The one-day workshop will focus on the box typology from a design perspective, specifically through the lens of large, single-use buildings in an urban context. Through both presentations of the work of RTKL in discussion with the OfficeUS partners, Big Box Rules will explore how contemporary strategies towards the big box typology might be capable of rethinking its role within the city and the social engagements that the box supports.


Critical Halloween: I-Relevance

Friday October 31, 2014

the most feared ghost of art and architectural production

Critical Halloween: I-Relevance



OCTOBER 31, 2014


80 Greenwich Street, Lower Manhattan


with photos by Yuko Torihara


Alanna Heiss / Director of Clocktower Productions

Roddy Schrock / Eyebeam Director of Residencies and Programs

Campbell Hyers / CEO of Control Group

Bill Menking / The Architect's Newspaper, Editor in Chief

Sebastian Errazuriz / Artist

Eva Franch / Storefront for Art and Architecture Executive Director and Chief Curator

MUSIC by Hessismore, Sergio Rebelo and dj n-ron


by you and irrelevant ghosts





With the aim to unleash everyone's inner critic through sartorial guise, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents the 2014 Critical Halloween Party and Costume Competition on October 31st.  

Following themes and ghosts of year's past including on Banality, Metaphor and Corporate-Avantgarde, this year's theme dwells on one of the most feared ghosts of art and architectural production: I-Relevance.  Considering the dark powers of our increasingly digital world and an online culture that propels banality to stardom, where mimes become essays and traditional forms of expression often vanish, this year's event asks artists, architects, writers, and citizens to address the concept of Irrelevance within contemporary culture and contemporary digital platforms.

From obsolete terms, forms, ideologies, philosophical movements to emerging economic systems  or aesthetic languages, from Irrelevant to I-Relevant, we invite you to bring your thoughts into your costume.

Tickets: $50 -  Admits One / $60 at the Door

Critical Firms $1,000 - Admits Ten

Includes Entry, Open Bar, and Registration for Costume Competition

Purchase tickets online below

All benefits support Storefront for Art and Architecture Programs



Please note a small credit card fee is included in all online purchases.  If you would like to avoid this fee, please mail checks directly to Storefront Offices: I-Relevance,  611 Broadway, Suite 634, New York, NY 10012. Tickets: $50 each. 

Sponsored by 








Event Partners






Critical Firms

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group



Miller Blaker


Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Toshiko Mori Architects



Critical Committee


Allied Works Architecture

Allison Wicks, Weiss/Manfredi, Critical Firm

Andrew Heid

Ariane Harrison

Bjarke Ingels, BIG, Critical Firm

Charles Renfro, DS+R, Critical Firm

Felix Burrichter, PIN-UP

Harrison Atelier

Hillary Sample, MOS

Karen Wong

Lauren Keady


Melinda Wang


Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, MODU


Ramses S. Serrano / Stribling & Associates

Sachi Hoshikawa

Shawn McLearen, Artspace

Sebastian Errazuriz



Studio Christian Wassmann

Toshiko Mori, Toshiko Mori Architects, Critical Firm

Troy Conrad Therrien


Architectural Media Partner

The Architect's Newspaper

Special thanks to


Apple Industries

Soho Art Materials












Storefront TV: Andres Jaque

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Storefront TV:  From Underground Mies to Underground Storefront

October 28, 7-9pm /  Storefront Gallery - SF TV Studio / 

by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation


Mies' Barcelona Pavilion, as it was reconstructed in 1986, includes a basement that so far has remained unnoticed. The basement has been the place where all the material evidences of the daily aging and the ordinary production of the fictional pavilion are hidden. Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation spent two years scrutinizing the basement and eventually took what is concealed in it back to the upper floor. The work explored the idea that a mundane and contingent Mies can be inhabited and celebrated. 


"From Underground Mies to Underground Storefront" is the first program of the Storefront TV season exploring visibility in architecture through a range of virtual subterranean visits. The program is brought to Storefront TV on the occasion of the launch of the book "PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society" by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation.


With the participation of: 

Andrés Jaque 

Nerea Calvillo 

Laura Kurgan 

Spyros Papapetros


Storefront TV studio has limited seating. There will be additional seating available at the gallery. To watch the program live please RSVP to mw@storefrontnews.org to attend. Free and open to everyone. 


To live stream the program click  here .


About Storefront TV:

Storefront TV is an online channel focused on the communication of contemporary art and architecture ideas with an emphasis on experimentation with a live TV format. All selected pilot programs will be taped live at Storefront for Art and Architecture with live audience and broadcasted online.

This program is funded in part by Spain Culture New York - Consulate General of Spain: member of the network Spain Arts & Culture.



Annual Benefactor Membership Dinner

Tuesday October 14, 2014


Storefront's Annual Membership Dinner

for Benefactor and Visionary Members of Storefront

October 14, 2014, 7pm

Storefront Gallery

97 Kenmare Street

New York, NY 1001


Become a Benefactor or Visionary Member and RSVP today to mw@storefrontnews.org. 

Benefactor Membership:


Visionary Membership: 


OfficeUS: Trojan Horses - A New World Lexicon

Friday October 10, 2014 – Saturday October 11, 2014

OfficeUS: Trojan Horses - A New World Lexicon

Trojan Horses: A New World Lexicon

Venice Book Launch, Presentation and Workshop by Keller Easterling and OfficeUS

October 10-11, 2014


Over two days Keller Easterling and OfficeUS will discuss forms of action and intervention for architects and spatial practitioners. The open workshop will examine the global implications of information flows, outsmarting regulations, and spaces beyond reach of government.


Friday, Oct 10 - 16:00-18:00 Extrastatecraft


Keller Easterling (Yale School of Architecture) will present her upcoming book Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014) that concludes a multiyear research project on the notion of Extrastatecraft and the spatial implications of free trade and special economic zones as the “most contagious new world city paradigm.”

The presentation will focus on An Expanded Activist Repertoire in Infrastructure Space (gossip, rumour, exaggerated compliance) as a set of strategies suggesting engagement and resistance in spaces that exceed national, governmental and economic borders.  

Followed by roundtable discussion with OfficeUS Partners and audience.


Saturday, Oct 11 - 11:00-16:30 Introduction To A New World Lexicon


11:00-13:00 Presentation by OfficeUS Partners

Partners will present a list of projects and strategies that have been developed and used in OfficeUS over the last months. Drawing from the presentations and concrete examples a list of terms reflecting on the work of OfficeUS as a global practice will be assembled and discussed with the participants of the workshop, such as: mediatic office, patent, embassy, museum, comfort, standard, corporate geography, work, certification, manual, soundtrack, franchise, competition, exception...


[1 hour lunch break]


14:00-16:30 Workshop: Definitions / Diagrams

Using the collected terms from the morning discussions the group will identify, define and evaluate their performance. In this session participants will use images, diagrams, code, websites, words and drawings to transform these terms into new active forms for global offices worldwide.

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OfficeUS: Anger-Love Management Workshop

Friday September 26, 2014 – Thursday October 2, 2014

OfficeUS: Anger-Love Management Workshop

Following the suicide bombings in Beirut in 1983, security became a critical issue for the Office of Foreign Buildings Operations (FBO). The Inman Report, submitted by the State Department in the aftermath of the bombings, called for the replacement of 126 out of 226 diplomatic posts worldwide. Since the attacks on US embassies continued after the Inman Report was adopted, a number of more stringent security measures were added, culminating with the three scales of the Standard Embassy Plan produced and implemented in over twenty new embassies under the guidance of the new head of Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO), retired General Charles Williams. In response to the criticism of both the US foreign policy and of the new crop of US embassies, the Department of State launched the Design Excellence Program in early 2011, which revived the conversation about openness versus security in embassy design. It is no surprise that the most passionate expressions of both positive and negative sentiment towards the US involve its embassy architecture. Suffering the symptoms of larger political currents these sites and architectures provide a particularly valuable opportunity to set the tone of future international relationships. What if the architect’s tools went beyond tall walls and distances to include anticipating historical change?” Office US Issues




WEEK 18/25 


Curated by Cornell University School of Architecture and Planning and OfficeUS

September 21-28, 2014

OfficeUS, Venice 


OFFICEUS Experts Aaron Betsky, Jane Loeffler, Jason Schupback and Caroline O'Donell among others. 


Anger-Love Management explores the spaces, typologies and protocols of the architectures of diplomacy. With a series of presentations and conversations with OfficeUS Experts on the subjects of diplomacy, architecture, governance and politics,






Throughout the week, the students at Cornell University, present their research and design work developed during their 2014 Fall option studio US and Them: Architectures of National and Global Identity under the guidance of Caroline O'Donell and the assistance of Richard Meier and Michael Jefferson as a visiting critic to the audience in Venice, the OfficeUS team, OfficeUS Experts and visiting schools.



"Architectures of Diplomacy"

Jane Loeffler 


"Design Government: Work at the Intersection of Design and Public"

Jason Schupbach


"US and Them"

Ashley Schafer, Caroline O'Donnell, Michael Jefferson



"Us and Them" redesign Charette

Cornell University and Ohio University Students

Saturday, 2pm

Domes, Grids, and Grates: The Power of American Architecture
Aaron Betsky

Although the United States has been the site of quite a few architectural innovations, including the skyscraper and the modern campus, its image in the world has become bound up first, with the domes of democracy, then with the grids of rationalized bureaucracy, and more recently with the assimilation of security measures into every aspect of the built environment. We will discuss what each of these design elements signifies within a global context, both about the United States and about the implementation of a global economy, society, and culture. Finally, will the State Department's Design Excellence substantially change the way the United States projects its power? 




About the participants


Aaron Betsky is a critic of art, architecture, and design. Most recently, he was Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006-2014), Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2001-2006), and Curator of Architecture, Design, and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995-2001). He also directed the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale, "Out There: Architecture Beyond Buildings" (2008). He is the author of a dozen books, including, most recently, his collected essays, At Home in Sprawl (2011). His opinionated survey of modernism will be published this fall. His twice-weekly blog appears at  architectmagazine.com/beyondbuildings . He is also a member of the State Department's Industry Advisory Group.


Jason Schuppback, as director of Design Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, Jason Schupbach oversees all design and creative grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's involvement in the HUD Sandy Recovery Taskforce Rebuild by Design Competition. Previously Schupbach has served as the Creative Economy and Information Technology Industry director for Massachusetts and has also worked for the mayor of Chicago and New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs."

Caroline O'Donnell is an Irish designer, writer, and director of the M.Arch program at Cornell University. She is principal of the firm CODA, currently based in Ithaca, NY, USA. As CODA she won the  PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program in 2013 and built "Party Wall" at PS1 in Long Island City, New York. She is the Richard Meier Professor of Architecture at Cornell University and Editor-in-Chief of the  Cornell Journal of Architecture .


Michael Jefferson is a New York City based designer who has worked with Adjaye Associates, CODA, studio SUMO, and OMA. Jefferson works with Suzanne Lettieri as a partner of JeLe, an architecture collaborative focused on the research and design of evolving building typologies. Most recently, JeLe has examined the elevated house condition of the coastal United States, resulting in the project (post)line, which has been featured in  Project  and exhibited in New York City and at Cornell. JeLe is currently working on a raised house in Suriname and a readaptation of an institutional building.


Cornell Students

Agarwal, Snigdha / Ahn, Dong-kyun /  Bacus, Rachel /  Chasing Hawk, Savannah /  Dessauvage, Maur /  Garcia Mora, Rodrigo /  Hoffman, James /  Jiang, Boyao /  Kim, Jun Yeon /  Liu, Jingyang /  Pei, Pengyu /  Surana, Akshay /  Svatos-Raznjevic, Hana /  To, Hon Chiu Alfred /  Xiang, Yuchen /  Zhao, Chenglong

This Schedule is Subject to change. Please visit us again for updates. 


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This workshop is part of the work and investigations of OfficeUS at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. To learn more about the OfficeUS Issues go   here








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