While architecture sets the stage for everyday life, the methods behind its making often remain unseen. In the exhibition Brooklyn in Process, New York City-based practice Marvel Architects invites visitors to consider recent projects from unconventional perspectives. On display are aerial views of buildings alive in the urban fabric, juxtaposed with intimate sketches suggesting design schemes that never came to pass. The exhibition rejects traditional presentations of architecture as static and finished. Marvel reveals a field of architectural process— normally hidden from public view— that spans the conception, design, construction and active life of buildings. The immersive collage of text, image, model, video and virtual reality highlights just a small fraction of the setbacks, victories, defeats and discoveries that accompany the work of architecture. Displaying a heterogeneous collection of artifacts, Brooklyn in Process maintains a frenetic and diffuse quality consistent with a borough undergoing increasingly rapid development and change. Brooklyn in Process is on view at Usagi NY, a cultural hub located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. The space, housing a gallery, cafe and library, was designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.
Citizen/ Designer: Everyday People Making the City is a series of open conversations exploring both the possibilities and limitations faced by individuals who wish to contribute to the design of their cities. The series will bring together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders and activists across the fields of planning, real estate, art and design. This free program is organized by Marvel Architects, supported by Center for Architecture (AIANY), and has been planned in conjunction with the exhibition Brooklyn in Process.
Citizen/ Designer: Conversation 3, the third and final event in the series, will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The conversation will be led by individuals who have taken an active role in the design of the urban environment, and will inspire a brainstorming of new ideas and process models that enable the citizen to become a critical player in contemporary urban planning and design.
Brooklyn in Process: Work by Marvel Architects exhibited at Usagi NY, January 15 - March 12, 2016