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architecture exhibition | may 18 - 26, 2013



For those of you who live near or in Boerum Hill, I am sure you've seen the empty lot next to Atlantic Bicycles on Atlantic Ave.  Well, this past semester four professors from The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture of The City College of New York have asked their students what can we design in this space?

From May 18 - 26, 2013 you can see their ideas and proposals exhibited at Grumpy Bert.  There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 18 from 6-8pm.  Come meet the students and professors and bug them all about your architecture questions and needs.

Below are the final four proposing projects for the same site on Atlantic Avenue:

Urban Resource Center

Timothy Collins - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

This studio will approach the site on Atlantic Avenue through the lens of a community facility programmed in order to engage the surrounding population and act as a repository of community knowledge and development. This program should negotiate the latent conflicts embedded in the morphology and demographics of the site. Toward this end, an Urban Resource Center, akin to the Whitechapel Idea Store in London, will be proposed and tested through individual projects.

Culinary Arts College

Joan Krevlin - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

Brooklyn Cooks! In this studio, students will design a Culinary Arts College that draws its inspiration from the ethnic and artisanal food cultures in Brooklyn. The program will include teaching and demonstration kitchens, a small restaurant run by students, and children’s cooking workshops. The culinary arts center will serve as both a degree program and a community resource that celebrates food as a repository of traditions, and allows them to be shared across cultures and between generations.

Atlantic Avenue Sound Lab

Martin Stigsgaard - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture

The theme of this studio is developing a facility devoted to sound, a non-product endeavor to serve the community and create spaces for investigation and celebration of sound. It will be a place for individuals and bands to rehearse and record as well as a concert venue for the larger community, requiring a soundstage with appropriate acoustical properties. The facility should include practical amenities such as: café, offices, secure instrument storage, etc. In parallel students will explore special implications and requirements for acoustics in architecture as well as more theoretical approaches such as by John Cage and Iannis Xenakis.

Digital Fab Lab and Crafts Museum

June Williamson - Associate Professor of Architecture

Where do the members of the emergent “maker” culture do their work? In this studio students will design a Digital Fab Lab as a non-profit, open source creative space for the new economy of small- scale custom fabrication using desktop design software, laser cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, etc., following the paradigm put forth by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the MIT Media Lab. To complement the lab, a Crafts Museum is proposed, to present exhibitions covering New York City’s rich history of crafts and the making of things.

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