Sketch120: …ism



Design in 5 Charrette
Jury: Sunil Bald, Partner, Studio SUMO; David Leven, Partner, LevenBetts; and Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor of Architectural Design, Columbia GSAPP

Saturday, October 17, 2009
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City

Click here to read an Urban Omnibus recap and see a video of this event

On Saturday, October 17th, come to the Noguchi Museum and participate in a sketch problem and open forum with an invited jury to hear your work discussed.

In 1913, Walter Gropius wrote, “The new times demand their own expression…The dominant spirit of our epoch is already recognizable although its form is not yet clearly defined.” Sketch120 will ask participants to think about the future of architecture and form.

The first part of the brief will be sent to registered participants on Friday, October 16. On Saturday, the 17th at 2:00 p.m., the specific design problem will be given to participants at the Noguchi Museum to solve in roughly two hours. All work will then be pinned up and the invited jury will hold an open discussion and critique with participants. A critical conversation will emerge from the work generated and the questions posed by the original brief.

The charrette is aimed at young designers five years or less out of school; whether you are a graphic, industrial, fashion designer, artist, architect, or planner, Design in 5 invites you to attend. Refreshments will be available. You may participate as an individual or as a team of up to three people.

Sunil Bald is a partner of Studio SUMO, a Long Island City based practice Bald co-founded with Yolande Daniels. SUMO’s projects range in scale, from small installations to large institutional buildings, and site, with projects in New York and as far a field as Japan. Bald currently teaches at Yale University School of Architecture and is an adjunct professor at Josai University in Japan.

LevenBetts Architects is a New York City-based architecture practice begun in 1997 by David Leven and Stella Betts. LevenBetts designs and produces buildings, exhibitions, interiors, furniture and urban spaces. The firm produces “an architecture with an innovative approach toward materials, technologies and the environment in projects at all scales.” LevenBetts is the recipient of numerous AIA Merit and Honor awards, was featured in Architectural Record’s 2007 Design Vanguard, and was runner-up for the Metropolis: Next Generation Prize. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm, Pattern Recognition: LevenBetts. David Leven is currently the Director of the Graduate Architecture Department at Parsons The New School for Design.

Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor of architectural design at Columbia’s GSAPP, navigates her multidisciplinary practice between the fields of architecture, art, visual cultural analysis, and American studies. Her design and scholarly research investigates space and cultural memory in black America, race and visual culture, and new technologies and the social production of space. Her collaborative design practices (KW: a and Studio 6Ten) have worked on speculative and built projects. Her work has been widely exhibited and published. She is currently completing the book Progress and Prospects – Black Americans and the World of Fairs and Museums that studies how ideologies of race, social uplift, and nationalism shaped black American sites of memory.

Registration is required. Registration for Sketch120 is $10; Architectural League and Noguchi Museum members receive free registration. Members should email to register; non-members click here. Included in your registration is free admission to the Noguchi Museum for the day. Design in 5 and the Architectural League wish to thank the Noguchi Museum for generously hosting the event. Also visit Design in 5’s Facebook page.

Sketch 120 is brought to you by Design in 5. Design in 5 is a group of the Architectural League of New York, targeting designers of all disciplines 5 years or less out of school. Design in 5 responds to this youngest group of designers, providing unique opportunities and activities for exchanging ideas across disciplines, fostering camaraderie, and above all, having fun.


Images by Jon Lee