The Public School (for Architecture) New York: Final Class
by New York Prize Fellows common room and Telic Arts Exchange
The Public School (for Architecture) New York [PS(fA)NY] will hold its last class under the auspices of the New York Prize on December 16, 2009. Tellingly named, The Future of the Public School (for Architecture) New York invites reflection on the project beyond the scope of its affiliation with Van Alen Institute, and encourages students to learn how to get involved in actively expanding and evolving PS(fA)NY.
The project's educational model is both powerful and ambitious in its simplicity: Anyone can propose, take, or teach a class. Coordinated through its website, PS(fA)NY thus depends on the active participation of its growing user-base of over 300 contributing members to give shape to the project's ever-changing curricula, class catalogue and school structure. Over 25 classes, ranging from Finding Architecture to Stupid Rhino Tricks, from OM Ungers and the Question of Utopia to Best Square Wins!, have been offered during the project's Fall Term, and many more are in various stages of development. Staged improvisationally and opportunistically, each class represents a unique constellation of the interests and desires of the PS(fA)NY at any given moment.
This capacity for dynamism is exercized through the Public School Committee—a group of volunteers from the PS(fA)NY community empowered to steward the project through the organization of classes and broad discussion of its vision and goals. As PS(fA)NY grows, so too does the Committee's need to evolve and reflect the project's transformations while maintaining its foundational eclecticism, openness, and flexibility. We invite both newcomers and PS(fA)NY veterans alike to meet the current Committee, learn how to get involved, and discuss the future of the Public School (for Architecture) New York.
Refreshments and snacks will be served.
common room (www.common-room.net) was established in 2006 by Maria Ibañez, Lars Fischer, and Todd Rouhe as a space for collaboration with a focus on the built environment. As a practice, common room is structured to promote a dialogue that explores the contingent relationship of workplace to community. By questioning existing institutional and physical structures, common room looks for a critical approach to theory and practice. Through architecture-based projects and exhibition activities, the participants of common room are able to re-evaluate the priorities typically ascribed to modern architecture and practice by considering how each project should be situated relative to personal, educational, and work-related histories. If space has been identified as a critical medium of modern architecture, then common room has observed that the space their work defines, through an engagement with the built and social environment, is a space of negotiation. common room is based on the Lower East Side of New York City.
LARS FISCHER was born in Duisburg, Germany in 1971. He is an architect, a founding member of common room and operates an individual design practice. Fischer previously worked in the Berlin office of Daniel Libeskind and in the New York offices of Marble Fairbanks and Leslie Gill, and he currently teaches at the New York Institute of Technology. He studied mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and received his Masters in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
MARIA IBAÑEZ DE SENDADIANO was born in Pasaje, Ecuador in 1968. She is an architect, a founding member of common room and a principal partner with Todd Rouhe in IdSR architecture. She has previously worked with Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects, Bryce Sanders, and Tsao and McKown architects. She studied architecture at the University of Florida Gainesville and received her Masters in Architecture from Princeton University.
TODD ROUHE was born in Riverside, California in 1968. He is an architect, a founding member of common room and a principal partner with Maria Ibañez de Sendadiano in IdSR architecture. Rouhe previously worked in the Berlin office of Daniel Libeskind and in the New York offices of Marble Fairbanks and Leslie Gill, and he currently teaches in the Columbia/Barnard Architecture program and at the New Jersey School of Architecture in Newark. Rouhe studied architecture at the Southern California Institute for Architecture and received his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.
Telic Arts Exchange (www.telic.info) was founded by Sean Dockray and Fiona Whitton as a place for multiple publics to engage with contemporary forms of media, art, and architecture. Currently comprised of three projects—The Public School, the Distributed Gallery, and Berlin—its program emphasizes social exchange, interactivity, and public participation to produce a critical engagement with new media and culture. Telic often distorts curatorial conventions to create experimental exhibitions, scenarios, and projects that occasionally throw its own institutional identity into question. Telic Arts Exchange is based in Chinatown, Los Angeles.
SEAN DOCKRAY was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. He is an artist, writer, and a founding director of Telic Arts Exchange. Dockray is a founder of The Public School and AAAARG.ORG as well as the media exhibition platforms, the Distributed Gallery and Berlin. He has contributed writing to X-TRA, Bidoun, Volume, and Cabinet magazines, and his video and sculptural work have been exhibited at Gigantic Art Space, ESL, the Cheekwood Museum, the Turtle Bay Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts. Sean studied architecture at Princeton University before receiving his Masters in Fine Arts from University of California Los Angeles.