In anticipation of the the Ideas City Festival, Alejandro Zaera-Polo's architecture studio teamed up with the New Museum to reimagine what the future of the Bowery may be. Under the festival theme "Untapped Capital," each group took on one sector of the city: retail, industry, government, workspace, retail, transportation, and recreation. Some studio projects will be exhibited during the Ideas City Street Fest this Saturday, 04 May from 11.00-6.00.
The Festival features dozens of projects, workshops, conferences and presentations exploring the future of cities. The main event is the Streetfest on Bowery Street, with installations that look at the theme of "Untapped Capital" in the Bowery. The Princeton studio is exhibiting design proposals based on integrating social media and mobile technology with emerging forms of manufacturing, residential, retail, workspace, public space, leisure and transportation that are part of the "knowledge" and "creative" economy in the age of austerity. Each project uses the Bowery's residents, scale and economy in pursuit of a new urban charter, one that looks at the people, possibilities and problems of the neo-liberal city of tomorrow.
Exhibiting students, projects and locations:
Bowery and Houston
Dorit Aviv and Debbie Chen, "The Bowery Commons" (Public Space)
Harry MX Wei and Han Dong, "YMBA: Young Makers Bowery Association Microfactory" (Manufacturing)
Lindsey May and Fei Wang, "W@RK" (Co-workspace)
Bowery and Prince
Claire Thomas and Alastair Stokes, "Linked Inn: Neo-Nomadic Neighborhoods" (Residential)
New Museum Lobby Storefront
Pak Leung and Phi Phan, "Emazon" (Retail)-----check out their website at http://emazon.co
Storefront for Art and Architecture, Roundtable Conversation, 5.00-6.00
Tsvetelina Churalska, "Carless Curbs" (Transportation)