The exhibition explores the creative process and reveals, through multi-media presentation how one firm found inspiration for seven distinct projects. We will showcase Marvel’s recent work in Brooklyn, including St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, PierHouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park and McCarren Pool in Williamsburg. The show features aerial video by Marvel Vision.
In conjunction with the gallery show we will host a public conversation series, CITIZEN/DESIGNER: Everyday People Making the City. The gallery temporary turns into the architects studio and a public salon, where participants will openly exchange ideas with practitioners, urban planners, community leaders, artists and activists, with moderation by Marvel Architects’ staff.
Through the vision of one firm, this exhibition and series of talks will explore the urban
environmental transitions of Brooklyn.
Opening reception in on Thursday, Jan. 14, 6-9 pm.
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 seven projects from unconventional perspectives. Ranging from far-off aerial views of buildings alive in the urban fabric to intimate sketches suggesting design schemes that never came to pass, the exhibition rejects traditional presentations of architecture as static and finished.
Instead, Marvel aims to reveal a field of architectural process—normally hidden from public view—that stretches across the conception, design, construction and active life of buildings. The result is an immersive collage of text, image, model, video and virtual reality highlighting just a small fraction of the setbacks, victories, defeats and discoveries that accompany the work of architecture. With its heterogeneous display of still and moving imagery and objects, Brooklyn in Process maintains a frenetic and diffuse quality that is consistent with projects existing not in stoic isolation, but as part of a borough undergoing increasingly rapid development and change.
CITIZEN/ DESIGNER: Everyday People Making the City
A free program organized by Marvel Architects in conjunction with the exhibition.
List of participants is currently in formation. The full lineup will be on our social media.
Conversation 1: Gentrification/Affordable Housing
Saturday February 6, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Conversation 2: Private/Public Partnerships
Saturday February 20, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Conversation 3: Citizen/Designer
Saturday March 12, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
On show at the library & cafe | Vernacular Typography by Molly Woodward
Vernacular Typography is a long-term non-profit project for the collecting and archiving of
letterforms in the urban environment by designer Molly Woodward. Including her recent
photograph taken at St. Ann’s Warehouse, we introduce a part of her collection located in New
York, at our cafe and library space. Woodward is going to take part in the third session of the
Usagi NY is a new 2,800 sq ft concept store in DUMBO, Brooklyn, that houses a cafe, gallery, and library. Through our exhibitions and events, we promote encounters between professionals in the diverse fields for the new creation. At our multi-purpose gallery space, we showcase the work and process of emerging, influential creative thinkers and specialists, such as artists, designers, architects, engineers, artisans, writers, musicians and more.