"New Practices" Exhibition at Center for Architecture Showcases New York's Future Design Leaders

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Exhibition opening June 14 presents winners of New Practices New York 2012, a competition recognizing innovative, emerging architecture firms in New York City.


The New Practices New York Exhibition at the Center for Architecture, opening June 14th, will feature works like this rendering from a proposal for a memorial pavilion by ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS

...innovative, sustainable, and creative approaches at the forefront of contemporary young firms...

With its fourth biennial competition and exhibition, the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter is proud to recognize six promising new architecture and design firms working in New York. These firms will be featured in an exhibition opening June 14 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. (Press preview at 5:00pm.)

The Exhibition    
The New Practices New York 2012 exhibition will showcase Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, whose AIANY-commissioned “Landscape (Triptych)” installation, made of technical rope and energy-efficient electroluminescent wire in tension, will occupy the Center’s storefront double-height space; Holler Architecture; The Living; SLO Architecture; formlessfinder; and Christian Wassmann.

In addition to the triptych, the exhibition, designed by Remake, will present wall displays of furnishings, 3-D analytical diagrams, structural models, and projections. Full-scale and scaled architectural models are also included. The scope of built and unbuilt work shown is equally impressive. From a Clinton Hill apartment renovation best described as “Pimp my Ikea,” to a dome composed of 500 discarded umbrella frames, to a human-fish SMS text message system, the winning firms’ displayed work defies the boundaries of traditional architectural practice.

“New Practices New York brings together the creative energies of some of the most exciting young architects and designers on the planet,” said Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, 2006 New Practices winner and co-chair of the New Practices Committee. “In this year when the AIANY Presidential Theme is 'Future Now,' the New Practices' work and ideas are equally transformational,” added committee co-chair Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA.

Through a symposium arranged in conjunction with the exhibition, design enthusiasts will gain even more insight into the ways these young guns work.

The Competition
Seven promising new architecture and design firms working in New York were chosen as the New Practices New York 2012 competition winners. To qualify for the competition, their practices had to be new -- founded after 2006 -- and also located within New York City’s five boroughs. This is the second year that the New Practices New York competition has been open to multidisciplinary firms, widening the field of entrants to designers and young professionals in the process of becoming licensed architects.

The distinguished panel of jurors who selected the competition’s winners from fifty-one entries were Stan Allen, FAIA, Principal, Stan Allen Architect; Kit von Dalwig, AIA, Principal, Manifold (winner of New Practices New York 2010); William Menking, Editor-in-Chief, The Architect's Newspaper; Mahadev Raman, P.E., Chairman, Americas, Arup; and Billie Tsien, AIA, Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
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“These seven practices have demonstrated their innovative, sustainable, and creative approaches are at the forefront of contemporary young firms,” said Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, President of AIANY and creator of the "Future Now" theme. “I’m certain that these design talents will give us new insight into what we can all expect from the future leaders of the industry.”

While AIA New York, with close to 5,000 members, is the oldest and largest chapter of an 80,000 member national organization, its commitment to support and promote young and emerging talent is expressed through this fourth iteration of the biennial New Practices competition.

Through a collegial exchange with other countries, AIANY’s New Practices competition program has exhibited winners in London (2007), San Francisco (2009), and São Paulo (2011); those cities have also brought their works to New York. AIANY New Practices work has also been shown at Berlin’s Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ) and in San Antonio at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center during the 2007 AIA National Convention.

Most recently, the New Practices Committee welcomed the Finnish Newly Drawn exhibition and program to the Center’s new Breakthrough space at 532 LaGuardia Place.

June 14, 2012 – September 8, 2012
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City
The New Practices New York 2012 exhibition will present 3-D representations and videos of each firm’s work and feature “LANDSCAPE (TRIPTYCH),” by ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS. This “sketch in light,” designed by Emily Abruzzo, AIA, LEED AP, and Gerald Bodziak, AIA, LEED AP, is composed of technical rope and energy-efficient electroluminescent wire in tension, which will occupy the Center’s storefront double-height space. Exhibition design by Remake.
Media are invited to attend a press preview at 5pm before the opening reception (6-9pm) on Thursday, June 14 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia, New York City. Principals from the winning firms will be on hand to answer questions, and follow-up interviews can be arranged. Write dfox(at)aiany(dot)org or call 212-358-6114 to RSVP or set up an interview.
The exhibition opening for New Practices New York will be held Thursday, June 14, from 6-9pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. Free and open to the public.
New Practices New York 2012 Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 21, 6-8pm (rsvp required, dfox(at)aiany(dot)org)
The winners of the New Practices New York 2012 Competition present their work.
Hosted by: AIANY New Practices Committee

Each of the 2012 New Practices New York winners will present their work at the AXOR/Hansgrohe showroom during the year. For more information on the dates and schedule, visit http://www.aiany.org/calendar.
New Practices New York 2012 is organized by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter and presented as part of Future Now, the 2012 AIA New York Presidential Theme.

The New Practices New York 2012 competition and exhibition are made possible with the generous support of the following organizations:

About Axor Hansgrohe
Axor is a proud sponsor of AIANY’s New Practices New York. The designer brand of Hansgrohe, Axor is recognized globally for its exclusive collaboration with world-renowned architects and designers, working with them to create “Designer Visions for Your Bathroom." The Axor collections offer a number of unique and sustainable solutions to create personalized bathrooms of the highest aesthetic and technological levels. To date, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola, as well as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created Axor collections. They all contribute towards making life in and around the bathroom a little more meaningful and beautiful. The Axor brand is headed by Philippe Grohe. Axor NYC, its first North American design studio, is located at 29 9th Ave in Manhattan and showcases the entire Axor line of products for the United States as well as individual vignettes of the Axor Starck ShowerCollection, Axor Urquiola, and Axor Citterio collections.

About NRI
NRI is a trusted peer and business partner to design, architecture, engineering and construction professionals, providing integrated graphic and content solutions custom tailored to their unique requisites. For marketers and the creative community, NRI delivers exquisite color print and software solutions. NRI consists of four divisions providing a wide range of services: Technology Services; Reprographics; On-Site Hardware, Software and Staffing; and Marketing Communications Solutions.
As a woman business enterprise (WBE) with more than 110 years’ experience, NRI has proven itself as a leading data management firm. It is constantly looking for ways to raise the standards in the industry for the benefit of its clients and employees, as well as fellow reprographics and imaging companies. NRI currently has locations in New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California and Georgia.
Patrons: Sure Iron Works, Thornton Thomasetti
Supporter: Samson Rope
Media Sponsor: The Architect's Newspaper

New Practices New York 2012 is presented as part of Future Now, the 2012 AIA New York Chapter Presidential Theme, and made possible through the generous support of:
Patron: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Sponsors: Beyer Blinder Belle, Forest City Ratner Companies, Mancini Duffy|TSC, New York City School Construction Authority, Perkins Eastman, STV Group, Inc., Thornton Tomasetti

About the AIA New York Chapter
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with almost 5,000 architects, allied professionals, students and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development, and towards these aims, AIANY runs the Center for Architecture, a storefront exhibition space in Greenwich Village, sponsors public programs, publishes a magazine, and works with its charitable affiliate, the Center for Architecture Foundation, to provide scholarship and educational opportunities. For more information on AIANY, please visit http://www.aiany.org.
The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. As the city’s leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, the Center drives positive change through the power of design. For more information, please visit http://www.aiany.org.

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