The Syracuse University School of Architecture hosts an event with two of the 2014 MoMA PS1 YAP finalist teams at the University’s new Fisher Center in NYC. . . .
panel discussion: “MoMA PS1 YAP Finalists” with Pita & Bloom and Collective-LOK. Moderated by Michael SPEAKS.
6.00 p.m. / Syracuse University Fisher Center
136 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Moderated by Dean Michael Speaks, the conversation will feature Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom of Pita & Bloom and Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo of Collective-LOK. Each team will present their work, followed by a discussion period.
Now in its 15th year, the PS1 competition challenges a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation that provides shade, seating, and water within the walls of the PS1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series, working within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. Pita & Bloom’s project, “Balloon Frame,” aims to echo contemporary pop culture, local street art, and the vivid perceptual experiences of watching parade balloons. Collective-LOK’s submission, “Mirror, Mirror” reimagines PS1 MoMA’s triangular courtyard with a billowing “urban mirror” that transcends the boundaries of the site.
Started in 2010 by Florencia Pita of FPMod and Jackilin Hah Bloom of JHB Studio, Pita & Bloom is an architectural research and design collaborative based in Los Angeles. Their research has been applied to international design competition projects for buildings such as the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan, the Busan Opera House in South Korea, and an urban housing ideas project in Maribor, Slovenia.
Florencia Pita is the principal of FPMod and teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. She has worked at the offices of Greg Lynn FORM in Los Angeles, as well as Eisenman Architects and Asymptote, both located in New York City.
Jackilin Hah Bloom is the principal of JHB Studio, an architectural design practice and has worked as a designer for Daly Genik Architects (now Kevin Daly Architects) and Greg Lynn FORM. She has taught with Greg Lynn at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and currently teaches undergraduate design studios at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Jon Lott, principal of PARA-Project based in New York City, William O’Brien Jr. of WOJR, and Michael Kubo of over, under, firms both based in Boston, are co-founders of Collective-LOK. This past July, Collective–LOK was the winner of Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space.
Lott has worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and REX Architects on projects including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the development of various public works in the New York metropolitan area. He is recipient of the Design Vanguard award by Architectural Record, the Architectural League Prize by the Architectural League of New York, and has taught at the Syracuse University School of Architecture.
William O’Brien Jr. is an assistant professor of architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning where he currently holds the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair. In 2013, Wallpaper* named his practice one of the top twenty emerging architecture firms in the world. He is the recipient of a 2012-2013 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture and his practice was awarded the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. O’Brien has taught at The University of California Berkeley as a Bernard Maybeck Fellow and was the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University.
Michael Kubo is a writer and editor currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at MIT. Designs, research, and the exhibits of over under’s pinkcomma gallery have been widely published. Kubo is the co-author of The Function of Ornament. Recent editorial projects include Kazys Varnelis’s The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles and Sanford Kwinter’s Far From Equilibrium.
Syracuse University opened the Fisher Center at 136 Madison Avenue in January 2014. The state-of-the-art renovation includes studios, lecture and classroom spaces, as well as faculty and staff offices for the School of Architecture in addition to the University’s performing arts programs.
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