Archive for October, 2013

Uneven Growth: Workshop at MoMA PS1

This past week Situ Studio and Situ Research participated in the launch of the MoMA exhibition “Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities.” This past Friday and Saturday marked the first in a series of workshops that will culminate in a publication and an exhibition at MoMA in November 2014. The six teams chosen to participate met for the first time at MoMA PS1 where teams began to collaborate and think through the questions prompted by the exhibition brief. Situ Studio has been pared to work with Cohabitation Strategies on New York City for this exhibtion. The other teams will be working in Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro.

Gondola transportation system in the favela community “Morro do Alemao” in Rio de Janeiro
Photo Pedro Rivera, RUA Arquitetos

The workshop on Friday began with presentations by a panel of advisors on the topic of the subjects of uneven growth and tactical urbanism including Sasia Sassen, Nader Tehrani, Michael Sorkin, Teddy Cruz, Alfredo Brillembourg, and Mimi Zeiger.  The rest of the day teams worked on compiling presentations of past work as individual firms as well as initial impressions of the prompt and the city in which the work will be done.


Situ partner, Brad Samuels, presents a map created from 311 complaints to the Department of Buildings reporting  illegal conversions as part of the research on informal housing in New York City.

While the workshop on Friday was closed to the public, the presentations on Saturday were opened up to the public.  Beginning with an introduction by curator Pedro Gadanho, each team presented their past-work and preliminary research.  A panel of respondents including Neil Brenner, Ed Keller, Quilian Riano, and others, reflected on the early proposals.

A second workshop is set for Shenzhen in mid-December. To learn more about this project please visit this MoMA’s website here

Drive Change: Snowday Progress

Drive Change’s first food truck is well underway. Inspired by its signature dish, New York state maple syrup poured over fresh snow, this former Con-Ed truck has been named Snowday. These past weeks the truck has been at Shanghai Mobile Kitchen Solutions (MKS), where it’s been stripped of its original interior, and a new industrial kitchen  has been installed. Next stop is Situ Fabrication in the Navy Yard, where the exterior design made from repurposed wood panels covering the outside of the truck will be fabricated and installed, as a last step before Snowday is ready to hit the city streets in early winter this year.

mapple taffy-sugar on snow

Visit Snowday’s website here and explore a menu with locally sourced food and signature ingredient; New York State maple syrup.

Side with ladder

Ernie inside truck

Ernie and Foreman discuss installation details. Shanghai MKS is a family-operated business initially established in 1979 to provide Chinese cooking equipment and furnishing, and remains a go-to for food truck kitchen construction today.


Latest rendering of the design above, and a lighting mockup testing below showing how the letters from logo design will read at night. The exterior wood with  Snowday’s logo embedded in the pattern design will be installed as panels onto the hooks on the sides of the truck.

2013 10 21_Lighting_Mockup

To learn more about the social mission behind Drive Change click here, and stay up to date with progress follow #justtruck.


Design Lab: Sandbox Fabrication

These weeks we are fabricating the first of Design Lab’s five workshop spaces at bldg. 132 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. All components for Sandbox are milled on site, paneled, and installed in stages at New York Hall of Science in Queens. One of the feature elements in this largely open space is a plywood cabinet desk with built-in storage. Sandbox is a workshop area dedicated to large-scale building and experimentation. See the latest rendering and overview of Sandbox here




To learn more about Design Lab click here #designlab #designismaking

Beaux Arts Ball Roundup

This year the 69th Regiment Armory housed more than a thousand guests and a handful of large puppets for a night of festivities and performance at The Architectural League’s annual Beaux Arts Ball.

We spent 48 hours transforming the Armory’s Drill Hall into a landscape of ethereal floating lightweight structures hovering above the floor, spent a night of dancing underneath underneath a live feed projection mapping, sound installations and lighting design, and finally spent a Sunday uninstalling.

We just finished a video that documents the process from rigging to final party. Watch below


Photo Keith Sirchio
Entrance to the cavernous Drill Hall at the 69th Regiment Armory.


Photo Fran Parente


Photo Keith Sirchio
Processional Arts Workshop designed 14 ft tall mylar puppets who along with performers roamed throughout the dance floor.


Photo Design Wire
The theme for this year’s Ball was -ism, and Situ colleague James welded his as cubism-inspired costume


Photo Keith Sirchio


Photo Keith Sirchio


Photo Patrick Mandeville

See more photos from this year’s Beaux Arts Ball and learn more about our environment design here

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