New York Designs 2008
322 Hicks Street
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects
Recorded June 5 2008
The Architectural League created the New York Designs juried lecture series in 2003 to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative and accomplished work built in New York City. This year’s theme, ‘threshold,’ focuses on projects whose design mediates distinct conditions. A ‘threshold’ might be understood literally as a transitional space – that interfaces public and private; that bridges inside and outside; that connects nature and the city – or as a conceptual space of overlap between materials, disciplines, cultures, the client and architect, the past and future. What limits, opportunities, and compromises shape thresholds in the city? What can thresholds tell us about the experience of building in New York City and contemporary design practice?