Wwwriting Series: Digital Invisibles

Saturday May 17, 2014

Wwwriting Series: Digital Invisibles

May 17, 2014


Panel 4-5pm

Editathon 5-7pm


Wwwriting Series: Digital Invisibles focused on exposing the digital gaps in architecture. Architects, movements, ideas or projects that have been dismissed, forgotten, or discriminated against by the discipline of architecture are introduced for discussion and documentation. Organized together with Arielle Assouline-Lichten, a series of presentations by experts who specialize in research on minority-driven movements, women in architecture, African-American practices, and other architectural “invisibles” preceded a Wikipedia editing workshop led by a group of activists who work to give forgotten architecture a presence on Wikipedia. 


Participants included Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Peggy Deamer, Andrea Jeanne Merrett, Anna Kats, Quilian Riano and Ionna Theocharopoulou, among others. The audience was encouraged to bring their own laptops to be part of the Wikipedia Editathon. 



4:00 – 5:00pm: Invisible experts 

A group of 5 experts give a 7-minute presentation unveiling Architecture Digital Invisibles. 


5:00 – 7:00pm : Wikipedia Editathon

A group of activists guide and monitor the audiences as they update and edit Wikipedia entries based on topics presented by the participants in the first half of the event.  


About the Participants

Arielle Assouline-Lichten holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a bachelor degree in Critical Theory and Visual Media from New York University. She is the co-founder of Slash Projects, a multi-disciplinary design firm based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work focuses on experience as a driver for new design opportunities between physical and interactive space. Prior to founding Slash Projects, Arielle has worked for BIG, Snøhetta, and Kengo Kuma Architects. She recently led a campaign seeking retroactive recognition of Denise Scott Brown by the Pritzker Prize and is passionate about establishing equality for designers through digital activism.


Anna Kats is a writer and researcher focusing on architecture and the built environment. She currently serves as  Architecture and Design Writer at Artinfo, and regularly contributes to a number of publications, including Modern Painters and Art+Auction. She studied architectural history and Slavic languages at Barnard College of Columbia University, where her research focused on histories of Stalinist utopian architecture and city planning. Anna is also an alumna of the Fulbright program, having studied the influence of national identity narratives on adaptive reuse and landmark designation in Latvia. In her writings on both contemporary and historic design, she treats architecture as a tool for investigating hierarchy between cosmopolitan centers and provincial peripheries.

Andrea J. Merrett is a PhD candidate in architecture at Columbia University, writing her dissertation on the history of feminism in American architecture. She has received support for her work through a Buell Oral History Prize, a Schlesinger Library Oral History Grant, and the Milka Bliznakov Prize from the International Archive of Women in Architecture. Andrea is a graduate of the professional program in architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Before studying at Columbia, Andrea practiced at the Montreal firms of Marosi + Troy Architects and Atelier TAG, and the Dublin firm Blackwood Associates Architects. She is currently teaching at the Center for Architecture Foundation and working at the Avery Archive as a bibliographic assistant for the Frank Lloyd Wright collection.


Quilian Riano is the founder and principal of DSGN AGNC, a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art & activism. DSGN AGNC’s work has been featured at the Venice Biennale, Harvard University, Cornell University, New York’s Center for Architecture, The Van Alen Institute, Parsons The Newschool for Design, The Queens Museum of Art, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Boston Society of Architects, etc. Quilian holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and currently teaches design studio at Parsons, The New School for Design and Pratt Institute of Technology. In practice and academia, Quilian works with community groups and trans-disciplinary teams to create comprehensive research that can be used to propose a variety of targeted policies, actions and designs at various scales — from pamphlets to architectures to landscapes.


Ioanna Theocharopoulou trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London, and received her Ph.D. in Architecture (History & Theory), from Columbia University. She is interested in the social and cultural dimensions of design, in histories of “informal” cities, as well as the question of sustainability around which she has also curated a number of academic events, most recently a conference called Cities and Citizenship, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut New York, and Global Design NYU (March 2014). She is an Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design. 

This event was supported in part by the Norwegian Consulate General New York.


Wwwriting Series uses the internet and online platforms as a point of departure for critical discussion surrounding the construction of history and practice in architecture and design.

Definitions Series: Risk

Tuesday April 8, 2014

A conversation with Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Stephen Phillips, and Eva Franch

Definitions Series: Risk

April 8, 2014



Definitions Series: Risk with Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Stephen Phillips and Eva Franch i Gilabert presented a discussion on the “institutionalization” of “experimentation” and cultural politics and power of TAKING RISKS.


This event was open to all with reserved seats available to Storefront members. If you are interested in becoming a Storefront member, click here


About the participants

Thom Mayne

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary, collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972.  He is co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Distinguished Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.  Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013).  


Eric Owen Moss

Eric Moss, FAIA, received a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1965, his Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1968 and a second Masters of Architecture from Harvard in 1972. EOMA has been the recipient of over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Eric Owen Moss has held teaching positions at major universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Moss has been a longtime professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and has served as its director since 2003.


Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips, AIA, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Director of the Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design, and Visiting Faculty at SCI-Arc. He is Principal in the award-wining firm Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS). As a graduate of Yale, Penn, and Princeton, he has received fellowships, grants, and awards from the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Graham Foundation, the Bruno Zevi Foundation, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the AIA, and the ACSA, among many others. 

About the book 

LA [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s-1990s

Stephen Phillips

Published by Lars Müller, 2013

With contributions by Neil Denari, Thom Mayne, Franklin Israel, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi, Craig Hodgetts, Wes Jones, Frederick Fisher, Coy Howard, Hsinming Fung

Catapulted to fame by the international media in and around the 1980s, a loosely affiliated cadre of experimental architects, the so-called L.A. Ten, emerged to define the future of Los Angeles architecture.


In the new book L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s by author/editor Stephen Phillips of the Cal Poly L.A. Metro Program—architects Neil Denari, Frederick Fisher, Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Coy Howard, Wes Jones, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi, and former associates of the late Franklin Israel offer a casual, witty, and approachable retrospective on the characters, environment, and cultural history of L.A. architecture as they remember it.



The Definitions Series invites a series of individuals to construct, propose and articulate definitions of a specified term.


Special thanks to Cal Poly, HMC Architects and Morphosis Architects for sponsoring this event. 





Manifesto Series: On Monumentality

Tuesday March 18, 2014

A conversation with Constantin Boym, Mary Ellen Carroll, Sasha Chavchavadze, Adeola Enigbokan, Lillian Gerson, Peter Goin, Yevgeniy Fiks, Stamatina Gregory, Justin Jampol, Vitaly Komar, Lisi Raskin, Dread Scott, and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

March 18, 2014



Political and ideological beliefs are at the core of discussions on monumentality, from the CIAM conferences and conversations in the aftermath of WWII, to more recent investigations of loss, mourning and memory.


On Monumentality presented 11 contemporary manifestations of the ideas, forms and spaces that represent and signify collective aspiration today.


The event, organized in collaboration with the “Monument to Cold War Victory” competition, examined through varying notions of monumentality the enduring genre of war monuments, memorials, and institutionally framed and commissioned artworks.  


With Constantin Boym, Mary Ellen Carroll, Sasha Chavchavadze, Adeola Enigbokan, Yeveniy Fiks, Lillian Gerson, Peter Goin, Stamatina Gregory, Justin Jampol, Vitaly Komar, Lisi Raskin, Dread Scott, and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss.

This event was open to all. Seat reservations at Storefront Series events are available to Storefront members. If you are interested in becoming a Storefront member, click here



About the participants

Constantin Boym is a New York-based artist, designer, and a founder of Boym projects.


Mary Ellen Carroll is a conceptual artist living and working in Houston, Texas and New York City. She is the recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a Pollack/Krasner Award. She was awarded a fellowship from the Pennies from Heaven Fund, for her contribution to New York City as a visual artist for work that is advanced, experimental, and socially visionary. Carroll teaches architecture at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where in 2009 she realized Project Prototype 180, a work of art that aimed to make architecture performative by inverting an acre of land and the domestic structure that is on it 180 degrees. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and institutions around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the ICA, London; Museum fur Volkerkunde, Munich; the ICA, Philadelphia; MOMUK, Vienna; and the Renaissance Society, Chicago.


Sasha Chavchavadze is an artist who has exhibited her paintings, drawings and installations internationally for twenty-five years. Her interdisciplinary Cold War project, Museum of Matches(www.museumofmatches.com), was presented in exhibitions at Kentler International Drawing Space and the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn; as a “one-room Cold War museum” at Proteus Gowanus; as excerpts in the magazines Cabinet, Bomb and NYFA Current; and as a book by Proteotypes in 2011. Chavchavadze is the founder and co-creative director of Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery in Brooklyn where she has for ten years creatively developed numerous exhibitions and projects, including the Berlin Tunnel Project and Battle Pass, which she recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art.

Adeola Enigbokan is an artist, teacher, and environmental psychologist practicing urban interventions in New York City.


Yevgeniy Fiks  was born in Moscow in 1972 and has been living and working in New York since 1994. Fiks has produced many projects on the subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West, among them the exhibition and book project “Lenin for Your Library?” and “Communist Guide to the Museum of Modern Art.”

Lillian Gerson‘s  playfully intricate architectural installations challenge traditional narratives and established notions of truth, while inciting reactions of curiosity and wonder. Past projects include a temporary travel agency installed in an empty Italian Ice shop in Williamsburg, a mock park ranger booth at Socrates Sculpture Park, a miniature museum on Governors Island, and an immersive recreation of Far Rockaway post-Hurricane Sandy.


Peter Goin is an American photographer best known for his work within the altered landscape, specifically his photographs published in the book Nuclear Landscapes. His work has been shown in over fifty museums nationally and internationally and he is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Goin is currently a Foundation Professor of Art in Photography and Videography at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has also done extensive rephotography work in the Lake Tahoe region. Peter’s photographs have been exhibited in more than fifty museums nationally and internationally, and he is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. He lives in Reno, Nevada.


Stamatina Gregory is an independent curator and critic based in New York. She has recently organized projects for the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, The Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, and the Venice Biennale. She is the Associate Dean at the School of Art at the Cooper Union.


Justin Jampol is the Executive Director and Founder of The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War in Culver City, CA. 


Vitaly Komar is a Russian-born painter and performance artist, based in New York.


Since 1998, Brooklyn-based artist Lisi Raskin has traveled to the Arctic Circle, former East German and Yugoslav Atomic bunkers, and through the American west exploring the intersection of nuclear-age fears and utopian mythologies as they manifest in oral histories and the architectures of the Cold War. Raskin’s on-site research has informed the making of paintings, drawings, objects, videos, and large, constructed environments that she has exhibited internationally. In 2013, Raskin was the recipient of a Creative Time Global Residency grant that she used to explore Soviet infrastructural projects, war museums, and monuments in Kabul and Herat in Afghanistan.This research will be the subject of two upcoming solo shows that open in April at Churner and Churner and Art in General in New York.


Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. 


Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is a Harvard educated architect, studying the spatial appearance of post-communist ideologies.



Definitions Series: R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man

Tuesday February 25, 2014

A discussion with Stan Allen, Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Daniel López-Pérez

Definitions Series: R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man

February 25, 2014



Storefront presented Definitions Series: R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man with Stan Allen, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, and Daniel López-Pérez for a conversation about some of the key terms that constitute the body of Fuller’s “World Man” lecture and book. “Prime Design, Automation, Law of Conservation of Energy, Wealth, Universe, System, Total Challenge…” are amongst a few of the terms and definitions that are put forth providing an abstract but suggestive outline of Fuller’s “geometry of thinking.”


For R. Buckminster Fuller, words and concepts were intimately related. “[T]he Number of the words in the dictionary grow,” he asserted in his “World Man” lecture, “because we have more aspects of subjects to consider.” Fuller saw language as an invaluable resource – as a tool to be used not only for sharing ideas with others but also for developing ideas. Language was not an end in itself but rather a discursive process, through which he created and explored new concepts. Iterative and evolving, like his models of nature’s laws, Fuller’s terminology never becomes static, his words and concepts move and extend from one area of relevance to another; from the scale of the human body, to that of the universe.


This event was open to all. 


About the Book

R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man presents the original typescript of Fuller’s never-before-published Kenneth Stone Kassler memorial Lecture. Delivered at the Princeton university school of Architecture in 1966 – a year before his masterwork took shape at Expo ’67 in Montreal – the lecture encapsulates his radical thinking at the height of his career. Reflecting on the severe challenges facing the global ecology, Fuller delivers an impassioned rallying cry to architects to shape their universe by responding to its underlying principles – a cry as relevant today as it was in the visionary designer’s own time.

About the participants

Stan Allen is an architect and George Dutton ’27 Professor of architectural Design at the Princeton University School of Architecture, where he served as dean from 2002 to 2012. His practice, SAA/Stan Allen Architect, has realized buildings and projects from single family houses to urban master plans, in the United States and abroad. The extensive catalog of architectural and urban strategies he developed to respond to the complexity of the modern city is presented in Points and Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (1999), and his essays are collected in Practice: architecture, technique and representation (2009). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain (2011).


Alejandro Zaera-Polo is Dean of the Princeton University School of Architecture. The internationally renowned architect and scholar previously served as dean of the Berlage institute in Rotterdam, occupied the Berlage Chair at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and held the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professorship of Architectural Design at Yale University. Widely published in leading journals, such as El Croquis, Quaderns, and A+U, his essays are collected in The Sniper’s Log: An Architectural Perspective of Generation – X (2012). The award-winning work of Zaera-Polo’s firm, AZPA, includes the Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan, distinguished by its dramatic form and innovative use of materials.


Daniel López-Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. López-Pérez received a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (with Honors) from Columbia University, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association. A Fuller Scholar, López-Pérez is currently completing the manuscript of a book entitled From Spheres to Atmospheres, R. Buckminster Fuller’s Spherical Atlas, 1944–1980.



Reading Images Series: Environments of Extraction

Friday February 21, 2014

A conversation with Neeraj Bhatia, Dr. Paul Fennelly, Rob Holmes and Justin Fowler

Reading Images Series: Environments of Extraction

February 21, 2014



Reading Images Series: Environments of Extraction included a discussion with Neeraj Bhatia, Dr. Paul Fennelly, Rob Holmes, and Justin Fowler on the occasion of the launch of The Petropolis of Tomorrow


Resource extraction and urbanism have always had an intimate love/hate relationship. In the past fifty years, we have witness this relationship yield a series of global infrastructures and cities that are increasingly impacting and influencing all aspects of the globe. As these infrastructures, landscapes and territories become inadvertently integrated into the contemporary city, how can they be reconceived to address issues of urbanism that sit outside the logistics of resource extraction? During this panel discussion, we will examine the role of resource extraction on urbanism and question how design can hybridize these infrastructures with the competing forces of economics, geopolitics, cultural values, and ecologies. 


Limited copies were available for purchase at the event.


About the participants

Neeraj Bhatia

Research Director — The Petropolis of Tomorrow, Principal — The Open Workshop

Neeraj Bhatia is an Urban Designer and Licensed Architect whose work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure and urbanism. He is a co-director of the non-profit research collective, InfraNet Lab, founder of the design practice, The Open Workshop, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at The California College of the Arts where he is co-coordinator of The Urban Agency. He is co-editor of The Petropolis of Tomorrow, Bracket [Goes Soft], —Arium: Weather + Architecture and co-author of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling – Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism.


Dr. Paul Fennelly

Senior Vice President, Global Director, Sales and Marketing — AECOM Global Environment Business Line

Dr. Paul Fennelly is Senior Vice President, Global Director of Sales and Marketing for AECOM’s Global Environment Business Line. Dr. Fennelly oversees strategic planning, sales, marketing, client relations and business development serving clients in worldwide industrial market sectors of Oil & Gas, Power/Energy, Manufacturing, Chemical/Pharmaceutical, Mining and Minerals, Transportation as well as government organizations. The author of 50 scientific articles and presentations, Dr. Fennelly holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brandeis University and a BS in Chemistry from Villanova University.


Rob Holmes

Landscape Architect, Professor of Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region Master of Landscape Architecture, Co-founder of Dredgefest Research Collaborative, Co-Founder of Mammoth

Rob Holmes teaches and practices landscape architecture in Virginia. He recently held visiting positions at The Ohio State University and Louisiana State University. His work explores new modes of design in the context of contemporary urbanization, industrial networks, and large-scale anthropogenic landscape change. He is co-founder of Mammoth, a blog about infrastructures, logistics, landscapes, and architectural possibilities, and the Dredge Research Collaborative, which studies human sediment handling practices in the Anthropocene and organizes the DredgeFest event series. 


Justin Fowler, Princeton University, Founding Editor of Manifest

Justin Fowler is a PhD candidate at the Princeton School of Architecture and a founding editor of Manifest, a journal of American architecture and urbanism. He received his Master of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and previously studied Government and the History of Art and Architecture at the College of William and Mary. He has worked as a designer for Dick van Gameren Architecten in Amsterdam, Somatic Collaborative in Cambridge, and managed research and editorial projects at the Columbia University Lab for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) in New York.



About the book

The Petropolis of Tomorrow

Neeraj Bhatia & Mary Casper

Format: Hardcover, 576 Pages

Publisher: Actar / Architecture at Rice

Buy online


In recent years, Brazil has discovered vast quantities of petroleum deep within its territorial waters, inciting the construction of a series of cities along its coast and in the ocean. We could term these developments as Petropolises, or cities formed from resource extraction. The Petropolis of Tomorrow is a design and research project, originally undertaken at Rice University that examines the relationship between resource extraction and urban development in order to extract new templates for sustainable urbanism. Organized into three sections: Archipelago Urbanism, Harvesting Urbanism, and Logistical Urbanism, which consist of theoretical, technical, and photo articles as well as design proposals, The Petropolis of Tomorrow elucidates not only a vision for water-based urbanism of the floating frontier city, it also speculates on new methodologies for integrating infrastructure, landscape, urbanism and architecture within the larger spheres of economics, politics, and culture that implicate these disciplines. 


Articles by: Neeraj Bhatia, Luis Callejas, Mary Casper, Felipe Correa, Brian Davis, Farès el-Dahdah, Rania Ghosn, Carola Hein, Bárbara Loureiro, Clare Lyster, Geoff Manaugh, Alida C. Metcalf, Juliana Moura, Koen Olthuis, Albert Pope, Maya Przybylski, Rafico Ruiz, Mason White, Sarah Whiting


Photo Essays by: Garth Lenz, Peter Mettler, Alex Webb


Research/ Design Team: Alex Gregor, Joshua Herzstein, Libo Li, Joanna Luo, Bomin Park, Weijia Song, Peter Stone, Laura Williams, Alex Yuen



Saturday February 8, 2014

A conversation with Giuliana Bruno, Craig Buckley, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsh, Mark Wasiuta and Eva Franch

February 8, 2014



On the occasion of the launch of Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies by Beatriz Colomina, Storefront presented the inauguration of the Reading Series.


For this event, Giuliana Bruno, Craig Buckley, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch and Mark Wasiuta presented excerpts of the book and other readings followed by a discussion on the topics and questions at hand moderated by Eva Franch.


Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies is the third volume of the series Critical Spatial Practice edited by Nikoalus Hirsch and Markus Miessen.


Storefront Series events are open to the public.




About the book

Beatriz Colomina

Critical Spatial Practice 3 

Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies


Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch, Markus Miessen 

Featuring artwork by Dan Graham 


February 2014, English

10.5 x 15 cm, 110 pages, 39 color and 70 b/w ills., softcover with dust jacket

ISBN 978-3-95679-000-3


Read more here


Thursday December 5, 2013

A celebration of Lina Bo Bardi

December 5, 2013

7 -9pm


Storefront for Art and Architecture and PIN-UP Magazine cordially presented LINA BO BARDI’S 99TH BIRTHDAY PARTY, celebrating the 99th birthday of our favorite Italian-Brazilian architect and Modernist iconoclast. 


To honor the occasion, we presented: THE NEW WORLD OF LINA BO BARDI, a video of Bo Bardi’s work created by Ouida Angelica Biddle and Nicolau Vergueiro with live musical accompaniment by HISHAM BHAROOCHA. With personal messages to Lina broadcasted at the Storefront TV Studio.




Tuesday November 5, 2013

A forum on the occasion of the book launch of Architecture and Capitalism, edited by Peggy Deamer


November 5, 2013



Let me tell you a wonderful, old joke from Communist times. A guy was sent from East Germany to work in Siberia. He knew his mail would be read by censors, so he told his friends: “Let’s establish a code. If a letter you get from me is written in blue ink, it is true what I say. If it is written in red ink, it is false.” After a month, his friends get the first letter. Everything is in blue. It says, this letter: “Everything is wonderful here. Stores are full of good food. Movie theatres show good films from the west. Apartments are large and luxurious. The only thing you cannot buy is red ink.” This is how we live. We have all the freedoms we want. But what we are missing is red ink: the language to articulate our non-freedom. The way we are taught to speak about freedom— war on terror and so on—falsifies freedom. And this is what you are doing here. You are giving all of us red ink.   – Slavoj Žižek,  Sept 17, 2010, Liberty Square, New York


Over the last few decades, capitalism has entered every single aspect of culture. If we fantasized about postmodernism being the end of capitalism in its lateness, it seems that today, on the contrary, capitalism is as agile as ever. As Žižek  argues in his joke about the Red Ink, we do not have the tools to start imagining alternatives. 


Faced with this impossibility, on the occasion of the book launch of Architecture and Capitalism edited by Peggy Deamer Storefront presented a forum where some of the book contributors and other leading figures in the discourse around politics, economy, architecture and the city presented and discussed some historical and contemporary references on how alternatives have been articulated in the past and how we might be able to articulate them today. 

Participants included Thomas Angotti, Peggy Deamer,  Quilian Riano and Michael Sorkin, among others. 






About the book

Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present

Edited by Peggy Deamer


“Architecture and Capitalism tells a story of the relationship between the economy and

architectural design. Eleven historians each discuss in brand new essays the time

period they know best, looking at cultural and economic issues, which in light

of current economic crises you will find have dealt with diverse but surprisingly

familiar economic issues. Told through case studies, the narrative begins in the

mid-nineteenth century and ends with 2011, with introductions by editor Peggy

Deamer to pull the main themes together so that you can see how other architects

in different times and in different countries have dealt with similar economic

conditions. By focusing on what previous architects experienced, you have the

opportunity to avoid repeating the past.”


With new essays by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Keller

Easterling, Lauren Kogod, Robert Hewison, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Robin

Schuldenfrei, Deborah Gans, Simon Sadler, Nathan Rich, and Michael Sorkin.”


Peggy Deamer is a professor of architecture at Yale University, New Haven, USA.


Publisher: Routledge, New York

English, 2013, 

Paperback: $40


Hardback: $150.00

ISBN: 978-0-415-53487-1






Quotes from the book

 There’s certainly a conspiracy to make habitation and haberdashery

commutative and we must take care not to let the Man camouflage

us from ourselves by dappling us with art-for-art bromides and celebrity,

studding our skulls with diamonds. Nor should we surrender to our own

side’s dour, paternalist theories (so often produced between sips of Sancerre

as if the way we live our lives is just incidental) and simply assume that all

iconoclasm is just another strategy of bourgeois repression. Call it negation

if you insist. We cross the bridge of irony or cynicism at some risk: who

wants a joyless revolution?”   M. Sorkin. 


About the participants 


Tom Angotti is Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning & Development (CCPD). His recent book, New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate (MIT Press, 2008) won the Paul Davidoff Award in 2009 and International Planning History Society Book Prize in 2010. New Village Press recently published Service-Learning in Design and Planning: At the Boundaries, which he co-edited with Cheryl Doble and Paula Horrigan. The New Century of the Metropolis: Enclave Development and Urban Orientalism was published by Routledge in 2012. His other books include Metropolis 2000: Planning Poverty and Politics, Housing in Italy and a book of short stories, Accidental Warriors. Through the CCPD and in collaboration with others, Tom has completed studies on New York City’s PlaNYC2030, Wal-Mart, NYU’s expansion plan, Fresh Direct, and Atlantic Yards. He has collaborated on many community-based plans and written about community land trusts. He is founder and co-editor of Progressive Planning Magazine, and Participating Editor for the journals Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment. He is a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and served as Fulbright Specialist in India, Italy and Vietnam. Tom previously served as a senior planner with the City of New York and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru. 


Peggy Deamer is the Assistant Dean and Professor at Yale School of Architecture. Deamer is a principal in the firm of Deamer Architects. Projects by her and her former firm, Deamer + Phillips, have been featured in various publications including Architecture, Architectural Record, Vogue, and the New York Times. Articles by Ms. Deamer have appeared in Assemblage, Praxis, Perspecta, Harvard Design Magazine, and other journals and anthologies.. Her seminar and advanced studio of 2000–2001 were the subjects of The Millennium House, published by Monacelli Press in 2004. She was the co-editor of Re-Reading Perspecta and the forthcoming Building (in) the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture. Her theory work analyzes the relationship among architectural labor, craft, and subjectivity.


Cindi Katz  is Professor of Geography in Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work concerns social reproduction and the production of space, place and nature; children and the environment, and the consequences of global economic restructuring for everyday life. She has published widely on these themes as well as on social theory and the politics of knowledge in edited collections and in journals such as Society and Space, Social Text, Signs, Feminist Studies, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Social Justice, and Antipode. She is the editor (with Janice Monk) of Full Circles: Geographies of Gender over the Life Course (Routledge 1993) and of Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction (with Sallie Marston and Katharyne Mitchell) (Blackwell 2004). She recently completed Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives with University of Minnesota Press in 2004. Katz held a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and she continues to work on the project she began there concerning the shifting geographies of late twentieth century US childhood. 


Quilian Riano is the founder and principal of DSGN AGNC, a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art & activism. DSGN AGNC’s work has been featured at the Venice Biennale, Harvard University, Cornell University, New York’s Center for Architecture, The Van Alen Institute, Parsons The Newschool for Design, The Queens Museum of Art, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Boston Society of Architects, etc. Quilian holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and currently teaches design studio at Parsons, The New School for Design and Pratt Institute of Technology. In practice and academia, Quilian works with community groups and trans-disciplinary teams to create comprehensive research that can be used to propose a variety of targeted policies, actions and designs at various scales — from pamphlets to architectures to landscapes.

Michael Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City, a design practice devoted to both practical and theoretical projects at all scales with a special interest in the city. Recent projects include masterplanning in Hamburg and Schwerin, Germany, planning for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, campus planning at the University of Chicago, and studies of the Manhattan waterfront and Arverne, Queens. The studio is the recipient of a variety of awards, including three I.D. Awards and a Progressive Architecture Award. Sorkin is the Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York. From 1993 to 2000 he was Professor of Urbanism and Director of the Institute of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Previously, Sorkin has been professor at numerous schools of architecture including Cooper Union (for ten years), Columbia, Yale (holding both Davenport and Bishop Chairs), Harvard, Cornell (Gensler Chair), Nebraska (Hyde Chair), Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Minnesota. Sorkin lectures widely and is the author of many articles in a wide range of both professional and general publications and is currently contributing editor at Architectural Record and Metropolis. For ten years, he was the architecture critic of The Village Voice. His books include Variations on A Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse, Local Code, Giving Ground (edited with Joan Copjec), Wiggle (a monograph of the studio’s work), Some Assembly Required, Other Plans, The Next Jerusalem, and After The Trade Center (edited with Sharon Zukin). Forthcoming are Weed, AZ. and Work On The City, among others. Michael Sorkin was born in Washington, D.C. and received his architectural training at Harvard and MIT.




Since Now From Then

Saturday October 12, 2013

A conference as part of Storefront's 30th Anniversary



October 12, 11am-7pm


Free and open to the public


The cultural, political and social context that produced – 30 years ago – Storefront for Art and Architecture has radically changed, yet the need to produce alternatives to the contemporary forces that shape public life are still as vital as ever.


Since Now From Then is a conference that takes the form of a day-long conversation on the first and next 30 years of Storefront for Art and Architecture and its role addressing contemporary questions in a broader cultural context. The program brings together prominent figures from both inside and outside the organization’s past history to discuss three of the foundations at the core of the institution’s mission: Experiments, Alternatives, and Public.


The day-long program of table discussions includes presentations, discussions and special performances addressing past and future understandings of what it means to produce experiments, alternatives and public life today.


Organized in conjunction with the exhibition BEING, Since Now From Then provides a space to interrogate—in the past, present and future sense—Storefront’s role as a catalyst for experimentation in artistic and architectural practices, as a platform for alternative ideological and disciplinary positions, and as a public forum for ethical and political conversations.


The conference is held around, at and within a 99-seat, Storefront-sized table (The “Speechbuster”) designed by Jimenez Lai and Grayson Cox. Over the course of the day, the table changes its configuration to accommodate different forms of conversation and performances. 

Participants include Carson Chan, Michael Young, Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Hitoshi Abe, Craig Buckley, Joseph Grima, Sarah Herda, Snarkitecture, Chus Martinez, Steven Madoff, Beatrice Galilee, Pedro Gadanho, Beatriz Colomina, Andres Jaque, Francisca Benitez, Cristina Goberna, Amala Andraos, Jimenez Lai, Claudia Gould, Minsuk Cho, Kyong Park, Victoria Bugge Oye, Shirin Neshat and Eva Franch i Gilabert.


This conference is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Critical History Project, a conference, exhibition, film and publication celebrating 30 years of Storefront for Art and Architecture, is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc., the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and through generous contributions from a group of individuals directly supporting 30 years of Storefront including David Adjaye, Minsuk Cho, Beatriz Colomina, Claudia Gould, Steven Holl, Steve Incontro, Bjarke Ingels, David Joselit, Galia Solomonoff, Mabel Wilson, and Karen Wong.

The Speechbuster is made possible by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg. 



Interrogation Series: Hotel Yeoville

Tuesday September 24, 2013 – Wednesday December 25, 2013

An interrogation with Yvette Christiansë, Mabel Wilson and Terry Kurgan

Interrogation Series: Hotel Yeoville

September 24, 2013, 7pm


Hotel Yeoville is a participatory public art project conceptualized and directed by artist Terry Kurgan in collaboration with a diverse group of people working across a range of disciplines. Based online and in the public library of the old suburb of Yeoville on the eastern edge of Johannesburg’s inner city, the project comprises of a website, a photo wall and a series of booths in which members of the public are invited to offer stories about themselves through mapping, video, photography and text, using various digital interfaces and social media applications. 


For this event,  Mario Gooden and Mabel Wilson interrogated Terry Kurgan, after a brief introduction by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen. 


Event Participants

Mario Gooden

Terry Kurgan

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

Mabel Wilson





About the book

A well-illustrated and wide-ranging book about a year-long public art project in an inner-city neighborhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, home to many African immigrants. The project began during a wave of xenophobic violence in South African cities, but sought to find an alternative to the victim-narratives that the violence produced. To this end, it set up a space in Yeoville to record stories from people living in the neighbourhood. The book contains images and stories from the project participants, as well as essays by the author and other collaborators in the project.


Publisher: Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg, South Africa

English, 2012, 256 pages, full color and duotone illustrations throughout

9.65 X 8.3 in., hardcover

55 USD


Copies were available for purchase at the event and will be available on Storefront’s website soon.



The Interrogation Series develops questions and interviews between institutionalized modes of inquiry and/or emerging discourses. The events aim to produce multiple methodologies of inquiry and ultimately extract a confession or obtain information from certain suspects in relation to a particular crime [book, building, photograph, thought,…] through a series of arguments, questions and [hopefully] answers.