2014 New York State Council on the Arts Grants Sponsorship

Thursday May 15, 2014

General Information
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for individuals (or a team) to creatively explore or research an issue or problem in the fields of architecture, design, and/or historic preservation. The submissions seek to advance research and public understanding in the related fields and projects can lead to the creation of prototypes, exploration of new technologies, research of a historical topic, or engagement in critical or theoretical analyses in said fields. Submissions should be innovative in nature and emphasize artistry and design excellence.




In order to be eligible to apply for Independent Project Support, individuals (or teams) must meet the following criteria:

– The individual (or team) must be professionals in their related architecture, design and/or historic preservation field. Architectural and design historians qualify


– The project must emphasize design and reflect one (or more) of the fields supported in the category: architecture, landscape architecture, graphic, fashion, industrial and interior design. 


– Faculty in architecture or design schools are welcome to apply. However, their proposed projects must not be part of a course curriculum.


– Project must take place between January 2015 – December 2015.


– The individual (or team) must provide evidence that they are current New York State residents. Proof of New York State residency requires two of the documents per individual from the list below. All documentation must contain the individual’s name and address. Documentation must be dated no earlier than 2013:


1) Telephone Bill


2) Credit card and/or bank statement (name and address page only; financial  and account information should be blocked). NYS or Federal Tax Form (first page only; social security and financial  information should be blocked.


3) Current lease or mortgage agreement for a home residence listing the  individual’s name and showing a NYS address


4) NYS Driver’s license or NYS ID card


5) Voter registration card


The individual (or team) may not be in the process of applying for another NYSCA project with another team or with another fiscal sponsor organization. If individuals appear on more than one request, both requests will be deemed ineligible for support.



Ineligible Projects Include

– Student projects are ineligible for support. Currently matriculated students must document that their projects are not related to the completion of a degree.


– Visual artists whose work references the built environment

– Projects that request NYSCA funds for out-of-state travel expenses. (Please note out-of-state travel expenses may be involved in your project; however, you should be prepared to note how you will cover these expenses with funds outside of NYSCA.)


– For additional information, visit www.arts.ny.gov


NYSCA Independent Projects Timeline  

Please note individuals who do not follow instructions for submission as listed will not be considered.


June 5, 2014

Request for Proposals


If you are interested in applying through Storefront for NYSCA funding, please answer all questions in the application form on the right side of this page and email al@storefrontnews.org answers to each question. Applications should be submitted in a word document with the email subject line “NYSCA Independent Project Application Request” by midnight on June 5th to be considered. Please note selected individuals may be asked to submit additional application information by June 26, 2014. By submitting an application form, individuals agree to submit additional application materials requested to Storefront by this date.

To request a word document of the application form, email al@storefrontnews.org.
June 16, 2014
Storefront will contact all applicants to let them know if their project was selected.  Individuals not selected are welcome to apply with another institution.
Individuals may also withdraw their request to seek support through Storefront at anytime by emailing al@storefrontnews.org.
June 27, 2014   
Storefront will apply for support on behalf of selected artists through NYSCA. Applicants should be available by email  June 24 – 26  should Storefront need additional information to prepare applications.
November 2014 
In recent years, NYSCA has made grant reward announcements in November.  Should your project receive funding, you will be contacted and required to submit to Storefront a W9 to receive funds. Funds will be distributed as they are received.
March 2016 
Funded applicants will be required to submit a final project report to NYSCA in September 2014. Storefront will coordinate final report submission with recipients as necessary.

Legible Pompei

Monday May 12, 2014

About the Project

A global archaeological laboratory, a city half-buried in a mound of lava, a sinkhole for cultural funds, a cipher for Italy’s cultural disarray—Pompeii is all of these things, but it is also a testing ground for preservation theories and practices. Since the Enlightenment, every mission to ‘discover’ the city has been followed by the invention of techniques to repair and stabilize it. Our installation at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale describes and performs the problem of preserving Pompeii. The Data Fresco diagrams the history of Pompeiian conservation experiments in order to make the site legible to the visitor again. The Souvenir Pile offers ersatz Pompeiian matter, cast in resin blocks, to the Biennale public, as a material record of the site and a souvenir of the Italian cultural experience.

Please email a photograph of your block in its new home toLegiblePompeii@gmail.com


Authors: Lucia Allais & MOS (Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample)

Team: Graphic Design: Multimillion (Katie Andresen, Michael Seitz;

Research: Justin Fowler, Clelia Pozzi, Louise Decoppet, Frederik Bruggink; MOS: Griffin Ofiesh; Fabrication: Benas Burdulis & Emil Froege

With the support of: Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Princeton University School of Architecture, Polytek Development Corp., Anonymous, Princeton University (UCRHSS, SEAS, CACPS, Department of French and Italian, IHum, Digital Humanities Initiative), Kara A. Hailey & Nicola T. Allais, Robert Edsell, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Francesca Orsini



Lucia Allais is an architectural historian and theorist who specializes in the material history of exchanges between architecture and political institutions in the modern period, especially in a global context. Her work has appeared in the journals Perspecta, Volume, Log and Grey Room, and the edited volumes Governing by Design, Multiple Signatures, Formless Finder, and Global Design History. She is working on a history of monument survival and international bureaucracy in the 20th Century, tentatively titled Designs of Destruction. She has received fellowships from the Princeton Society of Fellows, the Graham Foundation, the Krupp Foundation, the CASVA, and the Radcliffe Institute. She is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Princeton University, a member of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, and an editor of Grey Room.



Located in New York City, MOS is an architecture studio known to produce original and recognizable work that challenges the boundaries between architecture, urbanism, art, and technology. MOS has received numerous awards, including a 2013 AIA New York State Citation for Design for the Lali Gurans Orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Architecture Award given annually by the American Academy of Arts and Letters; was named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York as well as “Avant Guardian” by Surface Magazine. The firm has been featured by The Creator’s Project and in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Wexner Center, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Shenzen Architectural Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2012 Everything All at Once: The Software, Video, and Architecture of MOS was published by the Princeton Architectural Press.


Legible Pompei is part of the Storefront Starter initiative.

Storefront Starter is a new initiative of Storefront for Art and Architecture that supports innovative and entrepreneurial projects in art and architecture. Storefront Starter is a digital platform of exposure for innovative art and architecture projects that aim to radically transform the built environment. The platform allows and facilitates visionary individuals or groups to financially support innovative ideas. For more information go here


Horror Vacui

Thursday September 12, 2013 – Sunday December 14, 2014


About the Project

The term horror vacui describes a Moorish visual practice adopted by Portuguese builders in the 15th century, which involved covering building facades with azulejos, blue and white tiles commemorating scenes from historic events, in order to overcome the unbearable emptiness of the wall. Today’s architects are faced with a different kind of void that takes the form of a widening abyss between designers, fabricators, and users, all searching for common ground. 

Horror Vacui is an installation for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale Close, Closer that advocates a return to the bricks and mortar of architectural production in order to re-imagine the obsolete masonry wall as a flickering surface for architectural exchange. Borrowing from the narrative tradition of the azujelos, the project proposes a method of collective storytelling by pairing vernacular production techniques with digital media to temporarily re-clad a building facade in Lisbon. 

The process begins with the collection of photographs from the public through an online image bank where submitted images are processed and tiled to create a pixilated composite. They are then printed onto the surfaces of 150 x 150mm ceramic tiles, and brought to the site for installation onto a custom scaffold designed to protect the existing facade. 

Through this pairing of the vernacular with the digital, the project hopes to transform the insular process of design into a collective endeavor. Individually, each tile remains a physical register of a subjective recollection of the city. Collectively, the images construct a flattened replica of the building behind, a trompe l’oeil rendered in blue and white. By hiding the facade in plain sight behind a mediated copy of itself, the wall is given renewed relevance as a communicating agent, inviting the public to take a closer look at the hidden depths of an architectural surface.

About the Team

Ang Li is a designer based in New York City. She received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of Cambridge. Previously, she has worked in design practices in both Europe and the U.S, including Allies and Morrison Architects in London, and Marge Arkitekter in Stockholm. She was also an editor of Pidgin Magazine, an architectural journal affiliated with the School of Architecture in Princeton. Alongside independent design work, Ang is currently an architect at Adjaye Associates in New York.


Jaffer Kolb is a designer, critic and curator based in New York. Previously he helped curate and oversaw the installation of the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture under David Chipperfield. As an architectural designer, he has worked for Studio Gang in Chicago, WorkAC in New York, and the Doug Aitken Workshop in Los Angeles. He has participated in exhibitions at London’s Tate Modern, the New Museum in New York, along with smaller gallery shows, and has published over 300 articles and reviews in Icon, Domus, Blueprint, GQ, Modern Painters, and Metropolis, among others. He has lectured at Columbia University, the Cooper Union, Barnard College, and Bard College; and served as a design critic at RISD, Yale University, and the Architectural Association. He holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University’s School of Architecture. He currently works as a designer at Diller Scofidio + Renfro. 


Phoebe Springstubb is a writer and designer from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. Previously, she worked as an architect at Toshiko Mori Architects, where her projects included an exhibition design for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Her research projects on the industrial afterlife of the Volga River in Russia and the urban transformations of the Dutch polder have been supported by Princeton University fellowships. She is currently a curatorial assistant in the Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design Department.




Horror Vacui is part of the Storefront Starter initiative.


 Storefront Starter is a new initiative of Storefront for Art and Architecture that supports innovative and entrepreneurial projects in art and architecture. Storefront Starter is a digital platform of exposure for innovative art and architecture projects that aim to radically transform the built environment. The platform allows and facilitates visionary individuals or groups to financially support innovative ideas. For more information go here



Wednesday October 3, 2012 – Saturday December 31, 2016

+ Pool is the collaborative initiative of design studios Family and PlayLab to build a floating pool for everyone in the rivers of New York City.


As both a public amenity and an ecological prototype, + Pool is a small but exciting precedent for environmental urbanism in the 21st Century.    The project was launched with the ambition to improve the use of the city’s natural resources by providing a clean and safe way for the public to swim in New York’s waters.  The project is not only a new typology for innovative, ecological architecture, but a prototype in the conception and implementation of a large-scale project from the public of New York, for the public of New York.  The + Pool team is committed to building a project driven by civic, environmental and social good.




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For more information about the project, visit the + Pool website.  



+Pool is part of the Storefront Starter initiative.


 Storefront Starter is a new initiative of Storefront for Art and Architecture that supports innovative and entrepreneurial projects in art and architecture. Storefront Starter is a digital platform of exposure for innovative art and architecture projects that aim to radically transform the built environment. The platform allows and facilitates visionary individuals or groups to financially support innovative ideas. For more information go here