Photos: The Future-Predicter
It's undeniable that contemporary architecture and the business of making it is changing. That has a lot to do with the creative, speculative, and unsolicited work being done by young architects and designers like the peeps behind +Pool and Lowline. The guys were on hand last night at ST[Making Things]RY to discuss their fantastic projects, both of which promise to make striking contributions to New York's heritage of great public spaces.
Amid the whir and blur of technicians working Makerbot printers, each of the presenting teams laid out their prospective visions for two new fun and inventive urban destinations. The discussion that followed afterwards, moderated by Jenna McKnight, touched on the uncertain future of public design after Bloomberg’s administration. (The 3D printers remained politically neutral offering only miniature plastic replicas of the US Capitol.) Questions about funding and the problem of crowdsourcing support were raised, as were timetables and general inquiry about the projects' realization. The designers were on their game, thoughtfully explaining their intentions and the difficulties involved, while emanating an optimism that's all too often missing from the field.