Too Smart City



Happy Hour Project Presentation: Too Smart City
Joo Youn Paek and David Jimison

Friday, October 9, 2009
7:00 p.m.
The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue

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Presented as part of the public program series organized in conjunction with the Architectural League’s fall 2009 exhibition Toward the Sentient City.

JooYoun Paek and David Jimison will discuss building high tech robotic street furniture meant to fail every time. The talk will focus on their research into street furniture in New York City public parks, efforts to mimic the aesthetics of public design, and the potential for sentient objects in the everyday and mundane. “Too Smart City,” their project for the League’s exhibition Toward the Sentient City, posits a set of “intelligent” street furniture that behaves in unexpected ways.  For more information about Too Smart City and the exhibition, visit the exhibition website.

JooYoun Paek
is an artist and interaction designer born in Seoul and based in New York. She has created interactive objects and installations that reflect on human behavior, technology, and social change. Her art has been displayed by the Museum of Modern Art New York, Postmasters Gallery, EYEBEAM, Museum of Science Boston, and Seoul Museum of Art.

David Jimison’s work examines and develops modes of cultural opposition within urban living, and their relation to technologies. He has been the recipient of grants from Nokia, MTV, Kodak, and most recently a fellowship from Eyebeam. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Digital Media at Georgia Tech.

Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here from October 2 until noon of the day of the program. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

Toward the Sentient City was made possible with support from the J. Clawson Mills Fund of the Architectural League and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.  Additional support was provided by the University at Buffalo.

Toward the Sentient City is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Image Credit: JooYoun Paek and David Jimison