Sketch 120:
“Sketch Cypher — Temporary Publics”



Design in 5 Charrette
A program within SUPERFRONT’s spring series, “Cypher on Urban Affairs”
Jury: DJ/rupture, Geoff Manaugh, nARCHITECTS, and Slade Architecture

Saturday, May 15, 2010
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1432 Atlantic Avenue

All places in tomorrow’s Temporary Publics Sketch 120 charrette competition have been filled. At this time, we are unable to take any additional registrations.

“Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.”
-Alvar Aalto

“The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.”
– Albert Einstein

Mismanaged crises of the past few years (from the failure of physical infrastructure to the catastrophes of bond markets) have complicated our notion of the architectural relationship between temporality and typology. For example, temporary FEMA trailers in New Orleans remain occupied as primary homes five years later, or luxury projects that became icons before they were even constructed remain stalled as holes in a sidewalk.

Sketch 120: “Sketch Cypher — Temporary Publics” hosted by SUPERFRONT and Design in 5, a group of the Architecture League, invites you to reconsider the possibilities of public architecture in this moment of temporal-typological crisis. What if the industry never returns to normal, if real estate financing never materializes, and all we had to work with, as architects, were our own ideas, a discarded space, and a nebulous public?

What if temporary were forever? The goal is to design a public space with these precepts.

summer-BackyardParticipants will be randomly assigned a detailed program brief, submitted by community organizations through a SUPERFRONT open-call, with parameters for a semi-outdoor space to be managed for public activity in Brooklyn. The selected team will have the opportunity to construct their design in a 1,000 square foot outdoor space behind the SUPERFRONT gallery in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, in collaboration with SUPERFRONT. Construction will be supported through donated materials from Materials For The Arts, other partners, and novice construction volunteers. Winners will be given a budget of $500 for additional supplies. The temporary outdoor installation will open on June 26th and will run until August 15th.

The charrette is aimed at (though not limited to) young designers five years or less out of school or under 35. You may participate as an individual or as a team of up to four people.

Registration is required. Registration for Sketch120 is $10 per person; registration for Architectural League members is $5.  If you plan to participate in a team, please email Nick Anderson at with the members of your team. Each teammate should register individually. Refreshments will be available during the jury discussion following the charrette.

Registrants will receive additional information on May 10th.

About the Jury
DJ/rupture is a New York-based artist, DJ, and producer. For more information on his work, click here. He has collaborated with SUPERFRONT on the Architecture Mixtape programs, which are part of SUPERFRONT’s spring series: Cypher on Urban Affairs.

Geoff Manaugh is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. He is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book.

nARCHITECTS founded by principals Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang in 1999 is a New York-based architectural practice. Recent projects include Rising Currents at MoMA and the Switch Building. In 2004, nARCHITECTS was selected for the MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program, for the project “Canopy.”

Slade Architecture led by Hayes Slade and James Slade is a New York-based architectural practice founded in 2002. Recent projects include Barbie Shanghai and the Staten Island Zoo.

About 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. Architectural League programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Since January 2008, SUPERFRONT has invited students, emerging architects, designers, visual artists, and performance artists to engage in a public forum that raises awareness of contemporary architectural practice and theory. Dedicated to supporting, promoting, and producing radical contemporary architecture while fostering creative interdisciplinary exchange, SUPERFRONT recently opened a satellite gallery in the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles in addition to its location in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Summer at SUPERFRONT is partly enabled by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Images from top to bottom: Photo by Jon Lee; Location of Temporary Publics Installation. Photo by SUPERFRONT.

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