Sketch 120:
Greenpoint Edition



Design in 5
Sketch 120: Greenpoint Edition
Jury to include Andy Bernheimer, Mario Gooden, and Linda Pollak

Saturday, April 16
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fowler Arts Center
67 West Street

Greenpoint has lived disparate incarnations, from forests and farmland to a manufacturing hub and center of Polish immigrants; to an extension of “hipster” Williamsburg to an ever more gentrified community of professionals.

In 2005, the city approved a major rezoning of the waterfront, a formerly industrial area, allowing for larger-scaled residential structures, along with inclusionary housing and open space. The impact of the more recent recession, however, has slowed the ambitions of developers, leaving many projects incomplete or scrapped altogether.

Design in 5 invites you to design a building proposal within this context of a neighborhood in transition. In the coming years, Greenpoint will need to balance internal issues like demographic integration, preservation of architectural and cultural heritage, and toxic industrial remediation, while deciding upon its relationship with the city at large through adaptations in public transportation and infrastructure.

Participants will be asked to design a multifunctional building or buildings and open space on a formerly industrial plot, combining residential units with community-enhancing activity spaces. At three points during the charrette, a new constraint or demand will be announced which will require major revisions to the project designs.

Following the two-hour design exercise, all four iterations of the participants’ design proposals will be pinned-up for a discussion led by an invited jury. Two projects will be published and displayed online on Urban Omnibus and Architizer. Drinks and other refreshments will be served during the pin-up and discussion.

The charrette is intended for young designers five years or less out of school or under age 35. You may work as an individual or in a team of up to four people.

Registration is required. Registration for Sketch120 is $10 for League members; $15 for non-members. All participants must register individually here. If you would like to participate as a team, please email specifying the names.  Additional information will be provided to registrants before the event.

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.

About the Jury
Andrew Bernheimer is a partner of the Brooklyn firm Della Valle Bernheimer. Projects include an apartment building and church sanctuary in Brooklyn, R-House (with ARO) in Syracuse, Artreehouse in Connecticut, and the residential towers 245 Tenth and 459 West 18th both in Chelsea. The firm is the recipient of numerous AIA chapters’ Merit and Honor awards, the R+D Award from Architect Magazine, and the League’s Emerging Voices Award. Their work is the subject of a monograph published in 2009 by Princeton Architectural Press, entitled Think/Make. Bernheimer has taught at Parsons The New School for Design, Syracuse University, Lehigh University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the City College of New York. He received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.Arch from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mario Gooden is a partner of Huff+Gooden Architects. The firm specializes in educational, collegiate, commercial, civic, religious, institutional, and residential architecture as well as urban design and planning. Projects include Dunston Elementary School, Malcom C. Hursey Elementary School, Herbert Hassell Aquatic Facility, and the Wesley United Methodist Church all in South Carolina; and residential work in New York. The firm has received AIA South Carolina Merit and Honor Awards and the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award. Gooden received his B.Arch from Clemson University and his M.Arch from Columbia University. From 1993 to 2001, he was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Florida. Currently he is an Associate Professor, Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture.

Linda Pollak is a founding partner of Marpillero Pollak Architects (MPA), whose current projects include Queens Plaza, Elmhurst Library, and Staten Island Children’s Museum Lightweight Structures. MPA’s work has been recognized with awards from a wide range of organizations, including AIA, ASLA, EDRA, HUD, and Design Share. MPA has been a member of the New York City Design + Construction Excellence Program, and is a 1% Design Advocate, collaborating with Public Architecture to support and leverage the integral role of pro bono design. She is the co-author of the award-winning Inside Outside: between Architecture and Landscape. Pollak received her M.Arch degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she also studied Landscape Architecture. A member of the faculty of Architecture at Harvard from 1992 to 2004, and Rhode Island School of Design from 1988 to 1992, she has dedicated herself to full-time practice in New York City since 2004, participating in civic initiatives including Fit City and NYC Active Design Guidelines.

Architectural League programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, 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. The League thanks the Fowler Arts Collective for hosting this event.

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