Cabaret Series: Textile Tests

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York


Cabaret Series: Textile Tests examines the way in which textiles — through a variety of applications, scales, and techniques — participate in the making of both normative and experimental forms and spaces.


Storefront’s latest Cabaret Series brings together a group of architects, engineers, designers, and other experts, who will each deliver a presentation-performance focusing on a particular category of textiles. Participants will present objects, materials, and/or textile samples, and reflect upon the future of textiles in design.


Presentations will range from an academic-poetic soliloquy to a performance by a Brooklyn Ballet dancer in a technologically enhanced tutu.


Textile Categories / Participants

Introduction: Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton

Layering: Deborah Schneiderman

3D Embroidery + Upholstery: Annie Coggan

Digital Manipulation: Igor Siddiqui

3D Printing: Francis Bitonti

Weaving: Isa Rodrigues

High Technology​: Leila Ligougne and Nick Vermeer

Surface Manipulation: Sarah Strauss



This event is free and open to the public. If you are a Storefront member and would like to reserve a seat, you can RSVP here. If you would like to become a Storefront member, please see here.


About the Cabaret Series

Storefront’s Cabaret Series develops modes of expression that engage with contemporary discourse, engaging the audience and the social, political, and physical space of Storefront in a playful and humorous manner. The series aims to produce new modes of communication between speakers, performers, and spectators through provocation, seduction, and immediacy.




This event is presented in conjunction with the launch of Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space, edited by Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton.


Support for the event is provided by Parsons School of Constructed Environments, Pratt Institute School of Design, and Bloomsbury Academic.


Textile Technology and Design

Original Image by Allison Woods.


About the Book

Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) addresses the critical role of the interior at the intersection of design and technology, with a range of interdisciplinary arguments by a wide range of contributors: from design practitioners to researchers and scholars to aerospace engineers. The book examines the way in which textiles and technology – while seemingly distinct – continually inform each other through their persistent overlapping of interests, and eventually coalesce in the practice of interior design.

Copies will be available for purchase at Storefront during the event


About the Editors

Deborah Schneiderman is a Professor of Interior Design at Pratt Institute. She is also a registered architect and the principal and founder of deSc: architecture/design/research, a Brooklyn based research practice. Schneiderman’s scholarship and teaching explore the emerging fabricated interior environment and its materiality. Her research has been widely published, and, in addition to Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space, includes the following books: Inside Prefab: the Ready-Made Interior (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History (McFarland, 2014) an architectural graphic novel style history (illustrated by Bishakh Som), and the edited volume Interiors Beyond Architecture (co-edited with Amy Campos, Routledge, 2017).


Alexa Griffith Winton is an independent design historian based in New York, where she is also visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute and on the interior design faculty at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. Her research investigates theories of the modern interior as well as the relationship between textiles and architecture in the mid-twentieth century. Her work has been published internationally. She has received grants from the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Research, and the Beverly Willis Foundation.

Manifesto Series: Unfinished

Tuesday March 1, 2016

A Manifesto Series

Manifesto Series- Unfinished

Cadelasverdes, Spanish Dream, 2013.


Tuesday, March 1 at 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York




The act of creating new objects from scratch is often no longer possible for the professional architect given the social and economic contexts of our contemporary world.


In some societies, building booms during periods of high economic growth have resulted in a collection of contemporary ruins that are now neglected due to a lack of resources or lack of need for their use. In other contexts, architecture emerges as a result of decision-making processes that allocate minimal resources to the basic human need of habitation.


A contradiction thus exists between the architecture commonly presented by the media as finished forms frozen in time, and architecture that has the capacity to evolve, adapt, and transform. This latter type of architecture, which is perpetually “unfinished,” allows for a different understanding of time. The speed with which we commonly evaluate society’s developments and the urge to constantly reinvent things affect our perceptions of architecture’s horizons of time.


The dictionary definition of “unfinished” presents the following synonyms: unadorned, crude, formless, imperfect, raw, rough, under construction, unfashioned, unperfected, unpolished, unrefined. All of these adjectives conjure in the imagination of designers a new type of architectural intervention that perceives the existing built environment as a constraint upon which we can leave an important but impermanent mark. In this way, architects become a link in the chain of a structure’s life. Through the concept of the “unfinished,” we may understand the desirability of a perpetual state of evolution of the architectures that define our societies.


The architecture of the unfinished leaves open a door to the unexpected, and to ideas and interventions of the future – many of which we may not yet be aware.


This event is organized in collaboration with the project “Unfinished,” curated by Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintans for the Spanish Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. “Unfinished” will present a selection of projects developed in the Iberian Peninsula over the last ten years that epitomize a new type of architectural intervention.




Sean Anderson 
Associate Curator of Architecture, Museum of Modern Art
José Aragüez 
Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP
PhD Candidate, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton
Iñaqui Carnicero
Architect and Co-Curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale
Nahyun Hwang 
Partner, NHDM Architecture Urbanism
Carla Juaçaba 
Architect and Researcher
Lorena del Río
Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell AAP
Co-Founder, RICA* STUDIO




Storefront’s Manifesto Series is part of an effort to encourage the formulation of positions and instigate spirited discussion and exchange in a dynamic and polemical context. The format therefore differs from that of a typical symposium. Rather than presenting a synthetic lecture, participants are invited to deliver a concise, point by point manifesto, with the hope that their positions will provide grounds for discussion to test various hypotheses in real time.


Support for this event provided by Cornell AAP and Chispa Wines.


This event is free and open to the public. If you are a Storefront member and would like to reserve a seat, you can RSVP here. If you would like to become a Storefront member, please see here.

Salon Series: Taking Buildings Down

Tuesday January 12, 2016


January 12, 2016 at 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York


With Keller Easterling, Kelsey Keith, Richard Plunz, Jorge Otero Pailos, and INCA (Curators of the Taking Buildings Down competition). Moderated by Eva Franch.

While building has traditionally been defined as the assembly of parts or materials toward the creation of a whole, our built environment is the product of many forces, reflecting tensions between creation and destruction, addition and subtraction, and erection and demolition. 
Next Tuesday, Storefront’s Salon Series will bring together critics and scholars to discuss the implications behind the ongoing competition Taking Buildings DownParticipants will address questions of memory, power, politics, heritage, and city-making to ultimately expand the notion of what it means to build today.
This event also marks the registration deadline for the ideas competition. You may register for the competition here. Winning entries will be published, and three monetary prizes will be awarded to the best submissions. 
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 12
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 20
You may watch a livestream of the event here: WATCH NOW 
This event is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first come, first served basis. Storefront members receive reserved seating. To become a member please click here. You may reserve a seat here.

Definition Series: Shelter, Not Shelter

Tuesday December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015 at 7 pm
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, New York
With Nick Axel, Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Vere van Gool, Lydia Kallipoliti, Ryan John King, Sean Monahan, and others
The concept of shelter is an architectural stigma, and perhaps for good reason. Shelter is perceived to be the absolute minimum necessity for survival, and the humanitarian-industrial complex has for some time now attempted to redefine it in ever more detailed terms and conditions. Architecture, however, tends to be defined by shelter, if in no other way than as its excess.
Volume #46: Shelter is dedicated to the question: how can shelter be reformulated as a projective concept for architecture? On the occasion of the issue’s release, contributors to the publication are invited to address the complicated nature of shelter today and provide an operative definition for tomorrow.

Definition Series: Holes (Blind Spots and Other Anomalies)

Tuesday December 8, 2015

December 8, 2015 at 7 pm
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, New York
With Sarah Oppenheimer, Ines Goldbach, and Julian Rose.
Boundaries delimit inhabited space, shaping the material and immaterial flow along its contours. Holes distort these contours. The presence of holes produces blind spots, absorbing the possibility of communication and placing it on hold. Simultaneously, holes shuffle transmission, re-routing flow through the network of inhabitable space.
A new publication by Mills College Art Museum explores the potential of this distortion of the visual and social fields through an examination of two recent projects by artist Sarah Oppenheimer.
Sarah Oppenheimer’s first solo exhibition was held in 2002 at the Drawing Center, New York. Since that time, her work has been exhibited internationally. Her projects include W-12302, an architecturally embedded permanent commission at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2012) and 33-D, a double threshold at Kunsthaus Baselland (2014). Her work has also been shown at The Andy Warhol Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Saint Louis Art Museum; and the Sculpture Center, Long Island City. Upcoming solo exhibitions include projects at MUDAM, Luxembourg 2016; the Perez Art Museum, Miami 2016; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio 2017.
Books will be available for sale at the event.
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Interrogation Series: Informal Public Demands

Saturday October 24, 2015


Saturday, October 24th

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York


Participants Include: 

Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman, Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer, author and journalist Robert Neuwirth, urban anthropologist Vyjayanthi Rao, and artist and scholar Hakan Topal


Today, urban informality has become key to balancing the ecosystem of a globalized world. While part of everyday life for billions of people, official political engagement with informality is often contradictory, obscuring and repressive – from the World Bank’s warning of a “drag on growth” to informal trade being denounced as criminal and notorious by monopolist organizations.


The contributions to the two-volume publication Informal Market Worlds aim to challenge the hegemonic stance about informality as subordinate: In the Atlas, 72 accounts of informal market places worldwide map out the breadth of current economic transformation, from the absorptive function of post-conflict and border markets to the liberal aura of metropolitan hipster markets. Assembling seminal voices in the field of global and urban studies, from Keith Hart to Ananya Roy to Saskia Sassen and AbdouMaliq Simone amongst others, the Reader connects crucial analyses of the conceptual and historical trajectories of informality with a multiplicity of perspectives on the urgencies posed by today’s informal realities.


“Interrogation Series: Informal Public Demands” reflects on what Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman—together with Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer, editors of Informal Market Worlds—have termed “informal public demands”, i.e. the changes in urban policies and planning practices required to engage with informality in a productive and fair manner. A series of questions to the editors and contributors will relate these demands to the ongoing physical transformation of New York and its embeddedness in global processes of informalisation, be in the realm of finance, urban development or social relations.


This event is organized on the occasion of the launch of Informal Market Worlds – The Architecture of Economic Pressure. Atlas & Reader, ed. Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman, Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer.


Support by:

Austrian Cultural Forum

nai010 publishers

UCSD Center on Global Justice




Name of the books:

Informal Market Worlds – Atlas

The Architecture of Economic Pressure


Informal Market Worlds – Reader

The Architecture of Economic Pressure



Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer

Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman



About the books:

Informal markets arise on the fault lines inscribed by global alliances of money and power: wars and humanitarian crises, national and infrastructural borders, the worldwide trade in waste and the marginal spaces of urban transformation. They act as globalization’s safety valve while also providing livelihoods for millions of people trading in the streets of cities around the world.


These books track the powers, currents and actors driving informal trade. They document the growing influence informal economies are having on human co-existence on a planetary scale. Informal markets may have turned into key urban economic frontiers, but can they also produce positive social and political change?


Bringing into focus the contested spaces at the bottom of the world economy, the Informal Market Worlds Atlas presents 72 case studies of informal marketplaces around the world—from Kabul’s post-conflict Bush Bazaar to Casablanca’s counterfeit markets, from street vending in Bangkok’s “red zones” to cross-border trade between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and from the 7th Kilometre container market in Odessa to New York’s booming hipster markets.


Exploring the conflicted realities of informal market worlds, the Informal Market Worlds Reader brings together texts on urban informality, global struggle and design activism by eminent scholars and practitioners, including Teddy Cruz, Alejandro Echeverri, Keith Hart, Ananya Roy, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, AbdouMaliq Simone, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jean-Philippe Vassal and many others.


About the authors:


Peter Mörtenböck is Professor of Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology and visiting researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he has initiated the Networked Cultures project (, a platform for global research on collaborative art and architecture practices. His current work explores the interaction of such practices with resource politics, global economies and urban transformation.


Helge Mooshammer is director of the international research projects Relational Architecture and Other Markets ( at the School of Architecture and Planning, Vienna University of Technology. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research is concerned with changing forms of urban sociality arising from processes of transnationalization, capital movements, informal economies, and newly emerging regimes of governance.


Mörtenböck and Mooshammer have published numerous essays on contemporary art, bottom-up urbanism and collaborative forms of spatial production, including in Grey Room, Architectural Research Quarterly and Third Text. Venues where their research and curatorial work has been presented include the Whitechapel Gallery London, the Netherlands Architecture Institute Rotterdam, Storefront for Art and Architecture New York, Proekt Fabrika Moscow, Santral Istanbul, Ellen Gallery Montreal, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Their recent books include Visual Cultures as Opportunity (2015), Occupy: Räume des Protests (2012), Space (Re) Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture (2011), and Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space (2008).


Teddy Cruz is a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. He is known internationally for his urban research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and civic infrastructure. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his honors include representing the US in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, and the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters.


Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. She is best known for her revisionist work on Adam Smith, recuperating the ethical, social, spatial and public dimensions of his political economy.  Current work focuses on climate justice in cities, on human rights at the urban scale, and civic participation as a strategy of equitable urbanization.  She presently consults on climate justice for the California Carbon Neutrality Initiative, and serves on the Global Citizenship Commission, for her expertise on social and economic rights.


Cruz & Forman direct the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative, and are principles in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego. Their work emphasizes urban conflict and informality as sites of intervention for rethinking public policy and civic infrastructure, with a special emphasis on Latin American cities. From 2012-13 they served as special advisors on Civic and Urban Initiatives for the City of San Diego and led the development of its Civic Innovation Lab.  They are presently co-investigating a Ford Foundation-funded study on citizenship culture in the San Diego-Tijuana border region, in collaboration with Antanas Mockus and the Bogota-based NGO, Corpovisionarios.


Robert Neuwirth has spent most of the past four years hanging out with street hawkers, smugglers, and sub-rosa import/export firms to write Stealth of Nations, a book that chronicles the global growth of System D — the parallel economic arena that today accounts for half the jobs on the planet. Prior to that, he lived in squatter communities across four continents to write Shadow Cities, a book that attempts to humanize these vibrant, energetic, and horribly misunderstood communities. His articles on cities, politics, and economic issues have appeared in many publications, including Harper’s, Scientific American, Forbes, Fortune, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Metropolis, and City Limits. Before becoming a reporter, Neuwirth worked as a community organizer and studied philosophy. He lives in New York City and does most of his writing on manual typewriters.


Vyjayanthi Rao is the Director of Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research in New York. Prior to her appointment at Terreform, she held research and teaching positions at The New School, at Yale University and at the University of Chicago. From 2003 to 2005, she served as a co-director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research), an innovative urban think-tank based in Mumbai. Her work focuses on the intersections of urban planning, violence and speculation in the articulation of the contemporary global city. Her publications include Speculation, Now: Essays and Artworks (2014), edited with Carin Kuoni and Prem Krishnamurthi, and the forthcoming monograph Speculative City: Infrastructure and Complexity in Global Mumbai.


Hakan Topal is an artist and scholar living and working in New York City. He is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Art+Design at the State University of New York’s Purchase College and a member of the graduate faculty in the School of Visual Arts’ Fine Arts Department. He was a cofounder of xurban_collective (2000–12) and has exhibited extensively, including at the 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials; apexart, New York; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; MoMA PS1; Platform, Istanbul; and the 9th Gwangju Biennial.

Reading Images Series: After Belonging and the Spaces of a Life in Transit

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Fazel has spent the last five years in a reception center, waiting for his application to be processed. He says it feels like his living in a prison. – I feel I am being treated like an animal, he says. Fazel’s hope is to get a positive answer from the Norwegian immigration authorities. Photo: Javad Parsa

Tuesday, September 29th at 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York


Participants Include:

Gro Bonesmo, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Leah Meisterlin, María Nicanor, Julian Rose, and Mark Wigley


Along with the curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016:

Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier


With Introductions By:

The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg

Director of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Hege Maria Eriksson


The increasing global movement of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand as “residence,” undermining spatial permanence, property, and identity. This process of circulation brings greater accessibility and more diversity to remote territories, transforming the way we own, exchange, and share goods and resources. It simultaneously increases inequalities for large groups, who are kept in precarious transit.
These transformations concern both our attachment to places—where do we belong?—, as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—how do we manage our belongings? Being at home has a different definition nowadays, both within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries.


“Reading Images: After Belonging” reflects on a group of images that frame new objects, spaces, and territories which define our transformed condition of belonging under global regimes of circulation.
We invite the participants to critically consider the different scales involved in these transformations (from the drawers in which we keep our belongings to the territories in which we exchange them) and their different media (from the materiality of legal borders to the media spaces constructed by new home-sharing platforms and applications).
The event is presented in conjunction with the launch of the competition “After Belonging: Intervention Strategies,” a part of the program of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennial.


“Reading Images: After Belonging” is organized on the occasion of the launch of After Belonging: Intervention Strategies competition, which will be launched in September 2015 and is part of the program of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale.



About the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale Curators:


Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco is a New York based architect and scholar. He is currently a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. Casanovas was trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and the Edinburgh College of Art, and graduated from the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia GSAPP. Casanovas has co-curated the lecture series “Margins and Hyphens” at Princeton SOA, and the symposium “Conflict of Interests” on architectural research at Columbia GSAPP. He has collaborated with different design offices and research institutions as the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture or the GSAPP Global Africa Lab. Casanovas has taught studios at Barnard College, Princeton University, and ETSA Barcelona. His current interests include the aesthetic agendas of the architectures resulting from institutional practices or the relationship between the history of the senses and architecture.


Ignacio G. Galán is a New York based architect and scholar. He was trained at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, and graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII at Harvard GSD. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. As the Principal of [igg—office for architecture], his designs have been awarded in different competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he has been nominated to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work has resulted in different publications and exhibitions including the installation “Cinecittà Occupata” for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas. Galán teaches studios and seminars in different institutions including Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign. His work concentrates on the architectures articulating modern and contemporary societies, particularly addressing their relation to process of material and cultural circulation, and the mediations transforming their occupations.


Carlos Mínguez Carrasco is a New York based architect and curator. He is Associate Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. In 2014 he was Assistant Curator of OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Previously, he co-founded PKMN, an internationally renowned collective based in Madrid. Trained as an architect at ETSABarcelona and TU Delft, he graduated from the MSc in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. Mínguez has organized a wide range of exhibitions, events and competitions including BEING, Storefront’s 30th Anniversary exhibition, Letters to the Mayor, and the platform World Wide Storefront. His work has been exhibited and published in different journals asDomus and Código and he is editor of two forthcoming publications OfficeUS Manual and Sf30 (Lars Muller Publishers). Mínguez has lectured in different universities including Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Princeton University SoA, and RISD.


Alejandra Navarrete Llopis is a New York based architect. Navarrete was trained at ETSAMadrid and IUAVenezia, and graduated from the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia GSAPP where she is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor. She is the principal of NaMi, an architecture design and curatorial office where she is currently involved in projects as the exhibition design for the Iberoamerican Art Museum of Alcala de Henares University. In 2006 she co-founded PKMN, an architect’s collective based on the research of art, architecture, city and the citizen through the use of actions and exhibitions. PKMN has been widely awarded, published and exhibited as in Fresh Latino and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. She collaborated with Solid Arquitectura, receiving the first prize for the Performing Arts Center International Competition in Seoul and the “Aguila-Alcatel” Apartment Building in Madrid that was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.


Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, where is a PhD candidate. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation and Fundación Arquia, has been published in different publications including sqm: The quantified Home, Arquitectura Viva, andDomus. Otero is co-editor of Promiscuous Encounters andUnmanned Architecture and Security Series, and has curated exhibitions at The 2013 Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale and the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial. Her current research is concerned with how changing notions of privacy and safety, and their articulation with global circulatory regimes, have an effect on the spaces of residence.


About the Participants:


Gro Bonesmo is a founding partner of SpaceGroup and a professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She was awarded a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from the School of Architecture at Columbia University, and is a graduate from the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim. She also studied at the Sci-Arc in Lugano Switzerland and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Gro has taught at the Oslo School of Architecture since 1999, and at Columbia and Harvard Universities, Berlage Institute, KTH Stockholm and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In the period of 1990-1998 she collaborated with Rem Koolhaas and OMA where she was the Project Architect for the Dutch House and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. In 2014 she was the co-curator and, with SpaceGroup, the exhibition architect of the Nordic Pavillion in La Biennale di Architectura di Venezia.



Leah Meisterlin is a term assistant professor in the Barnard & Columbia Colleges Architecture Department and CEO & cofounder of Office:MG, a research and design firm dedicated to complex and crisis- or conflict-affected areas. 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. Through her research and in practice, Leah specializes in designing novel methodologies for sociospatial systems analysis at local to global scales. 


Maria Nicanor is an architecture curator and architectural historian with a focus on cities and urbanism. She is currently a Curator at the Design, Architecture, and Digital Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Between 2006 and 2014 she was Associate Curator of Architecture and Urbanism at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Curator at the BMW Guggenheim Lab. At the Guggenheim she also worked on exhibitions such as Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within and Outward, and Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, among others.


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.


Mark Wigley is an accomplished scholar and design teacher who 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). Wigley has served as curator for widely attended exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.



Reading Images Series: Crow’s Eye View

Tuesday September 8, 2015

A Reading Images Series


Tuesday, September 8th at 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York


Participants Include:

Alessandro Belgiojoso, Nick Bonner, Marco Bruno, Minsuk Cho, Hyungmin Pai, Yehre Suh, and Dongwoo Yim


Moderated by Eva Franch i Gilabert


“Reading Images: Crow’s Eye View” is a reflection on a series of images from Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, an upcoming exhibition that reprises work from the Korean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.


For the first time, Crow’s Eye View brings together images, texts, and objects of the architectures of both North and South Korea. A unified entity for more than a millennia, the aftermath of World War II witnessed the division of the Korean Peninsula into two polarized countries. Over-simplified perspectives have long obscured both the differences and similarities between the two Koreas. Eschewing politically motivated clichés, Crow’s Eye View employs architecture as an instrument to construct new imaginaries and narratives for Korean and global communities.


Crow’s Eye View draws inspiration from a poem of the same title by the Korean architect-turned-poet Yi Sang (1910-37). In contrast to a “bird’s eye view,” a singular and unifying perspective, a “crow’s eye view” is an emblem of the fragmented vision born from the contradictions of colonialism and the Cold War. The exhibition points to “the impossibility of a cohesive grasp of not only the architecture of a divided Korea, but the idea of architecture itself.”


“Reading Images: Crow’s Eye View” invites participants to look critically at the possibilities hidden behind the images presented at the exhibition. Each participant will present for 7 minutes, reflecting on issues related to monumental architecture, the demilitarized zone, the use of images in the construction of utopian scenarios, the role of architecture in the formation of the nation-state, and critical curatorial practice.


Crow’s Eye View will open to the public on September 10th at Tina Kim Gallery in Chelsea.



About the Participants:


Alessandro Belgiojoso was born in 1963, in Milan. He lives and works in Italy and abroad. Since 2006, his work has focused on the concept of boundaries and the urge to overstep their limits, exploring socio-cultural comparisons and the ongoing dialogue between different cultures and geopolitical meanings.  In 2007, at Forma Foto, Milan, he exhibited a body of work taken in North and South Korea, and presented his book Korea, an Impossible Journey? Thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this project managed to cross the otherwise impenetrable border between the two Koreas, and involved exhibitions and presentations of the book in both North and South Korea, and also in the North Korean Embassy in Rome (2008) and in the South Korean Consulate in Milan (currently). The project was a part of the Korean Pavilion, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. This long-term project is still in progress.


Nick Bonner is the Director of Koryo Group, specializing in travel, art, architecture, film and cultural exchange in North Korea. He first visited North Korea as a lecturer in landscape architecture in 1993. The same year he and his colleague Joshua Green set up Koryo Group. Visiting Pyongyang over twenty years has enabled Bonner time to experience the city both as a showcase of social architecture but also as a living and working environment. Bonner has significant collections of North Korean art from the 1950s to the present. Bonner has also produced three documentaries on North Korea: A State of Mind (2004), The Game of their Lives (2005), and Crossing the Line (2006). In 2006, together with producer and co-director Anja Daelemans (Belgium) and producer Ryom Mi Hwa (DPRK), he co-directed Comrade Kim Goes Flying, which is North Korea’s first film made for pure entertainment and the country’s first “girl power” movie. The film premiered at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival. This was the first screening of a North Korean feature film to a South Korean public audience. He then organized the return of the DPRK 1966 World Cup team to the UK in October 2002, which remains North Korea’s biggest cultural event with Europe. Bonner is also the international coordinator for the biannual Pyongyang International Film Festival, and most recently, has been asked to work with North Korean artist and architects on an exhibition on city sustainability, particularly in regard to urban greening.


Marco Bruno is an architect, an unaware artist, and a motorcycle enthusiast. Together with Simone Carena he runs MOTOElastico, a multidisciplinary design practice based in Seoul since 2001. He is currently teaching Interdisciplinary Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar.


Minsuk Cho is the founding Principal of Mass Studies. Since 2003, he has led the Seoul-based practice with architectural projects ranging in a spectrum of context, scale, and program. He is also an active speaker at design and architecture symposiums worldwide, simultaneously exhibiting his works since the late 90s at: Vitra Design Museum’s Open House (2006-08), New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia Pacific (2006-07), Venice Architecture Biennale (2004/2010), Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism (2011), MAK, Vienna (2013), and Museum of Art and Design, New York (2013-14). In 2011, Minsuk Cho co-curated Named Design with Anthony Fontenot for the Gwangju Design Biennale, directed by Seung H-Sang and Ai Weiwei. In June 2014, Cho won the Golden Lion Award for the Best National Pavilion as the commissioner of Korean Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale.


Hyungmin Pai is professor at the University of Seoul. He received his Ph.D from MIT and is a two-time Fulbright Scholar. He is author of The Portfolio and the Diagram, Sensuous Plan: The Architecture of Seung H-Sang, and The Key Concepts of Korean Architecture. He was a curator for the Korean Pavilion at the 2008 and 2014 Venice Biennales, of which the latter was awarded a Golden Lion. He was Head Curator for the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale and a guest curator for numerous international exhibitions in London, Berlin, Istanbul, and Seoul. He is presently on the Presidential Committee for the Hub City of Asian Culture, and serves as Visiting Director for the Asia Culture Center.


Yehre Suh is interested in theoretical and design investigations on architecture and the city as a means to investigate the social and political constructs of our environments. She is the Principal of the Office of Urban Terrains and an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Environmental Studies in Korea.


Dongwoo Yim is the principal and co-founder of the architecture and research firm PRAUD in Boston, and a lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he teaches seminar and design studios. He received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), and a Bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University. He is the co-author of North Korean Atlas, and author of Pyongyang and Pyongyang After.

Manifesto Series: Measuring Architecture

Tuesday August 25, 2015

A Manifesto Series

Landscapes of Profit

Tuesday, August 25 at 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street., New York


Presented as part of the exhibition Measure, “Measuring Architecture” aims to expose and interrogate current practices involved in the articulation and production of new edifices of thought and action through the creative use of data.
The event consists of a live staging of manifestos/positions by a group of individuals consisting of architects, artists, engineers, writers, coders and journalists followed by a short discussion with selected respondents.


Participants Include:

Peggy Deamer (The Architecture Lobby), Campbell Hyers, Ekene Ijeoma, Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Laura Kurgan, Melissa Marsh, Damon Rich, Dong-Ping Wong and Archie Lee Coates (+ POOL), Dan Taeyoung, Caroline Woolard, Chris Henrick, John Krauss, and Ingrid Burrington (Landscapes of Profit), among others.




About the Participants:


Peggy Deamer

Peggy Deamer is Professor of Architecture at Yale University. She received a B.Arch. from The Cooper Union and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is a principal in the firm of Deamer, Architects. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and the forthcoming The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design.  She is co-editor of Building in the Future: Recasting Architectural Labor and BIM in Academia. She is the founding member of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor.  Her current research explores the relationship between subjectivity, design, and labor in the current economy.



Ekene Ijeoma

Ekene Ijeoma is a designer and programmer. His work explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data and algorithms through media, objects, installations. He is currently a designer-in-residence at Orbital.


He is the co-creator of the The Refugee Project, on refugee migration around the world. It was recently published in MoMa’s Design and Violence and nominated for Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2015. His recent project Wage Islands, on wage and housing inequality in NYC, is being exhibited in Measure at Storefront for Art and Architecture.



Andrés Jaque, Office for Political Innovation

Andrés Jaque is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation. He is Advanced Design Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP Columbia University and Visiting Professor at Princeton University SoA. He has been Tessenow Stipendiat 1998 by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS, in Hamburg, and visiting professor in a number of international universities. He has lectured extensively throughout the world including Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich, MIT (Boston), Instituto Politecnico di Milano, Centre International pour la Ville de Paris, Centre pour l’Architecture et le Paysage (Brussels), Sociedad Central (Buenos Aires), Berlage Institut (Rotterdam) or Museo Nacional (Bogotá).


Damon Rich

Damon Rich is a designer, planner, and principal of Hector Design Service. In his public spaces, exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced in collaboration with young people and community-based organizations, Damon creates fantastical spaces for imagining the physical and social transformation of the world.


As Director of the Newark Planning Office (NPO), he worked from 2008 to 2015 to make New Jersey’s most populous municipality a prosperous, walkable, and environmentally just city. Under his leadership, the NPO’s achievements included designing and building the city’s first riverfront parks, launching the Newark Public Art Program, leading design negotiations on over US$2 billion of real estate development, and drafting the first comprehensive update to the city’s zoning regulations in 60 years.


Prior to coming to Newark, Damon founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement, where he served as Executive Director for 10 years. Damon has taught architecture and planning at schools including Harvard University, and has written about real estate and architecture for Perspecta, Metropolis, Architecture, and Domus. His design work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Netherlands Architecture Institute, and MoMA PS1.


+ POOL (Dong-Ping Wong and Archie Lee Coates)

+ POOL is an initiative to build the world’s first water-filtering floating poolin New York for everybody, created by Family New York and PlayLab, Inc., and run by Friends of + POOL, a growing 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Landscapes of Profit

Dan Taeyoung operates at the intersection of architecture, technology, and community. He is interested in radical architecture as a built manifestation of applied anthropology and activist real estate. He is co-founder of Prime Produce, an intentional co-working ‘guild’ for social good, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches on architectural representation and experimental design tools.


Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks and from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with to raise awareness about the impact of debt on culture and on the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative to create and support truly affordable commercial space for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City. Woolard is a lecturer at the New School and the School of Visual Arts. Her work is featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series.


Chris Henrick recently graduated from the Parsons MFA Design and Technology program at the New School in New York City. His​ MFA​ thesis was a web app he conceptualized and coded called ​”​Am I Rent Stabilized?​”​ that seeks to solve the problem of NYC landlords lying to tenants about being rent-regulated and illegally deregulating rent-stabilized apartments​. In his spare time Chris helps ​co-​organize and facilitate Maptime​-​NYC, a volunteer group dedicated to educating non-experts about GIS, cartography, and interactive web-mapping.


John Krauss is a civic hacker and New York City housing data wonk. He first became interested in patterns of lending and speculation in the city when doing research for the Red Lines exhibition at the Queens Museum, which illustrated the impact of predatory loans just as the fallout of the subprime crisis began to hit hard in the summer of 2009.  He cut his NYC housing chops as a data analyst at the Furman Center, helping ascertain expiration dates for an insane variety of affordability programs.  He is now a tech fellow at the GovLab, building tools to make open data accessible and usable.


Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. Her most recent work has focused primarily on infrastructure and magic.

Campbell Hyers

Campbell Hyers focuses on modernizing the way organizations interact with their consumers and constituents – leveraging emerging trends at the convergence of digital and physical themes, especially in large shared spaces like cities, as well as the constituent parts of cities – mass transit, retail, etc. To do this, as co-founder and CEO, he built Control Group into a leading customer experience firm that uniquely acts as an innovation partner to its clients. Now, Control Group is merging with Titan 360, one of the largest municipal out-of-home ad companies, and they are forming a new company called Intersection, an urban experience company that will greatly expand on his original mission to improve human life through strategic user experience design. Read more about it here:
Campbell also serves as Vice President of the Board of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, curators of the United States Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Melissa Marsh

Melissa Marsh is Founder and CEO of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from ‘square feet and inches’, to ‘occupant satisfaction and performance.’ PLASTARC, a portmanteau of plastic and architecture, encourages architecture to be more flexible, dynamic, and fun through social research and analytics. PLASTARC employs people analytics, building information systems, and a variety of creative methods in order to enable environments and real estate strategies that enhance organizational knowledge, accelerate business and enrich employees. An active contributor to many professional communities, Melissa curates the Transforming Architectural Practice series which explores emerging topics in the management of business in the A&E industry, such as technology, strategic differentiation and intellectual property.

Definition Series: Search vs Research

Tuesday April 28, 2015



Definition Series

On the occasion of the OFFICEUS Atlas Book Launch 

Tuesday, April 28 7pm 


The 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale has been widely critiqued for producing a body of work that does not respond to traditional notions of research in the construction of knowledge. 


On the occasion of the publication of the OfficeUS Atlas (the second of four books affiliated with OfficeUS), a series of scholars, critics, and architects are asked to define what constitutes the essence of “research” in an era dominated by the instant search. From inductive to deductive thought, this event aims to articulate the desires and fears that influence the construction of knowledge today.  


With Definitions and contributions by Lydia Kallipoliti, Ana Miljacki, Jorge Otero Pailos, Ashley Schafer, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler and Eva Franch. 





Edited by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Milijački, Michael Kubo, Ashley Schafer, 


16 x 24 cm, 6¼ × 9½ in, 1250 Pages, color. 2000 Ilustrations, Hardcover (2014)

ISBN 978-3-03778-438-9, English


$50.00 for Storefront Members


OfficeUS Atlas, the second in the series of OfficeUS books, is a collection of key press records of US production abroad and the transformations of the US architectural office over the last one hundred years. In highlighting some of the major historical narratives threaded through the century, the book uses the timeline of offices and projects established by the exhibition as its backbone. OfficeUS Atlas functions as a map, as a seed of future research, and as an instigator of further discussions regarding our architectural past and future. Documenting the development of US architectural offices abroad from 1914 to the present, OffieUS Atlas collects the exhibition research in the form of a reader and includes the featured collection of projects and offices illustrated by over 1,200 photographs and architectural drawings.




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OfficeUS  Agenda

Edited by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Milijački, Ashley Schafer, Amanda Reeser Lawrence



The OfficeUS Agenda is the first of four publications to be published as part of the OfficeUS project and it serves as the catalog for the exhibition. The Agenda weaves together the last hundred years of architecture production through themes and concepts of Modernization, US architectural firms, and their exports through a collection of essays and visual narratives. We have commissioned thirteen essays that include a wide range of viewpoints on the subject by notable scholars such as Barry Bergdoll, Beatriz Colomina, Jorge Otero-Pailos and Keller Easterling. These will be illustrated in part with archival photographs donated by Erica Stoller of Esto. The visual narratives serve as foils to the essays, related, but different and are on the topics of the US Cold War Expo program, Albert Kahn’s factories in Russia, the Hilton Hotels and the race to build the world’s tallest building.


Contributors: Daniel Barber, Barry Bergdoll, Beatriz Colomina, Peggy Deamer, Keller Easterling, Brendan Hookway, Timothy Hyde, Michael Kubo, Ijlal Muzaffar, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Ivan Rupnik, Hilary Sample, Claire Zimmerman


16 x 24 cm, 6 ¼ × 9 ½ in

272 pages, approx. 640 illustrations, paperback (2014)

ISBN 978-3-03778-437-2, e


Order OfficeUS Agenda below.





September 2015

Office US Manual compiles the protocols and strategies of the architecture office to form a working manual for  Office US . From business models to time-sheets, the  manual examines the conventions that structure practice  to transform the way we think about architectural offices.





New World


Office US New World highlights the work, conversations and intelligence developed by the fellows and the visitors  throughout the Biennale.