1. Unveiling: Interwoven by Atelier Cho Thompson

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    Unveiling: Interwoven by Atelier Cho Thompson

    Monday, November 22, 5:30 pm

    Flatiron North Public Plaza on Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street

    Presented in collaboration with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, Interwoven by Atelier Cho Thompson celebrates the joys of reconnecting in public space. Its interactive archways are activated by color-coded sensors; when two or more people pass through sensors of the same color, Interwoven responds with corresponding lights and musical compositions by local artists inspired by the installation’s themes.

    As part of the installation, the story wall weaves together responses to the prompt: “I dream of a world where together we can…” During the kickoff event, share your responses and the resulting narratives will become a tapestry of voices documenting this challenging, yet hopeful moment in time. The prompt was selected by Youth Fellows from the People’s Bus NYC, a community-led, intergenerational initiative focused on engaging people in NYC’s civic life through beauty and joy.

    After you share your response, stick around for light bites by Eataly, frozen hot-chocolate-flavored custard from Shake Shack, hot chocolate from Flatiron Plate, and music by The Jazz Gallery!

  2. Atelier Cho Thompson

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    Atelier Cho Thompson is a bi-coastal design and concept firm, working between the disciplines of architecture, interiors, graphics and design strategy. Founded by two Asian-American women, ACT has embarked on a number of ambitious goals: to design beautiful and functional projects around the globe, to deeply engage our communities around design, to promote equity within our profession, and to build a sustainable and unique business model. ACT has been honored with numerous national design awards, including the IIDA Foundation Visionary Award and the Architect Newspaper Young Architects Award.

  3. AD—WO

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    AD—WO is an art and architecture practice based in New York City, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice aims to establish an operational terrain between architectures content and container: equally committed to designing buildings and reimagining their dynamic sociopolitical contexts.

    Founded in 2015, AD—WO has undertaken projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Korea, Germany, and the United States. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Architekturmueum der TU Munchen, and Art Omi. They are currently developing an apartment building in Addis Ababa.

  4. Isometric

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    Based in New York City, we collaborate with leading cultural institutions, universities, tech companies, and nonprofits to reinvent the way they present themselves visually and strategically. We express the missions of these organizations through visual identities, exhibitions, websites, and signage programs that convey intellectual rigor, aesthetic sophistication, and memorable storytelling. We believe in design that transcends existing expectations by challenging cliches and stereotypes in visual culture.

    In collaboration with our clients, we shape narratives and spaces of belonging. Through design, we advance an ethos of inclusion, equity, and justice, centering the lived experiences of marginalized people. Our projects often address complex social issues, amplifying activism on gender equity, climate change, racial justice, LGBT identity, and immigrant rights. Our more well-known clients include the USAID, Google, Museum of the City of New York, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. We have also collaborated with 15+ departments and offices at Princeton University.

  5. Studio Cooke John

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    Studio Cooke John is a New York-based design studio with a strong focus on high-impact, residential architecture, as well as design for international cultural institutions.

    With a broad range of expertise, Studio Cooke John values placemaking as a way to transform relationships between people and the built environment. Throughout the design process, our collaborations with clients yield insights that inform how we, alongside our network of craftsmen, fabricators and consultants, transform spaces within the home and in the public sphere. What emerge are spaces tailored to each client’s needs, revealing elements of serendipity and surprise that last a lifetime.

    Studio Cooke John is currently developing capabilities in strategic design for urban public spaces. Our speculative design projects include work for the Jamaican Parliament; the city of Newark, NJ; and NYC’s Stryker Park.

    Nina Cooke John’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Dwell, NBC’s Open House and the Center for Architecture’s 2018 exhibition, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture.

    Born in Jamaica, Nina has always been inspired by the creativity she witnessed in her homeland: the art of people transforming everyday hardships and limitations into innovative solutions through multiple spheres of life. She imbues the spirit of transformation and innovation into every design project, from the structure of a home’s interior to the streetscape of a city block.

    Nina began her professional career designing houses in Connecticut, Arizona and Virginia with the architecture firm Voorsanger and Associates. She went on to work on large cultural institutional projects like the New York Botanical Gardens master plan, the Clinton Library and the Biltmore Theater at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead).

    Nina collaborated with Reddymade Design on retail design, corporate offices and custom residential construction and interior design for seven years before forming Frame Design Lab in 2012. Studio Cooke John is the evolution of that collaboration.

    For two decades Nina has been a sought-after educator, having taught architecture and design strategy at Syracuse University and currently at Parsons the New School for Design. Nina has been a registered architect since 2000 holding licenses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

  6. Ashley Mendelsohn

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    Ashley Mendelsohn is a multidisciplinary designer, writer, curator, strategist, and educator with a background in architecture. Through her previous work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Curatorial, Exhibition Design, and Visitor Experience, and as the Founding Director of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Kirkland Gallery, she sought to disrupt the status quo by creating platforms for voices and experiences not often recognized by those institutions. During her tenure at the museum, Mendelsohn worked with education colleagues to develop a sensory building audio guide designed for blind and low-sight listeners, and organized and directed conversations about the social impacts of housing design and activating overlooked urban spaces. These initiatives convened people across silos, bringing together architects and community organizers to tease out how their goals overlap. Continuing to work in audio, visual, and written mediums, Mendelsohn is focused on engaging and strengthening communities through design by demystifying the barriers to access and understanding.