1. David van der Leer

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    David van der Leer is a forecaster, strategist, researcher, and writer. In 2018, David founded DVDL after having worked and consulted with institutions, government agencies, corporations, and individuals for 15 years. DVDL is an agency of innovators and strategists working at the intersection of cultural analysis and human behavior. DVDL develops models and concepts that bring the future of communities, public spaces, and cultural institutions into focus by creating a greater understanding of how to guide those towards people and the issues they hold dear.

    From 2013 to 2018, David was the Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. This design nonprofit develops cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions to make cities better. Before repositioning Van Alen Institute, David created and curated the Architecture and Urban Studies program for the Guggenheim Museum from 2008 to 2013. David developed and co-curated the highly publicized BMW Guggenheim Lab at the Guggenheim, which traveled from New York City to Berlin and Mumbai in its own building. He curated projects like stillspotting nyc and exhibitions like Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward. In 2012, he co-curated the United States Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2011 he curated for the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. In 2010, The New York Times recognized David as one of ten promising curators of the next generation.


  2. Stereotank

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    Stereotank is a design studio founded by Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, dedicated to the research and exploration of the common grounds between architecture, art and sound. The studio works as a laboratory for design and creation of architectural artifacts, immersive installations, hybrid objects and instruments often using repurposed materials and pre-fab systems. Stereotank focus is to re-invent program with existing resources, with the aim of looking at old things with a fresh eye, relying on simplicity and intuition. Understanding urban scape as the medium, one of the main interests at this scale is the activation of public space through the insertion of participatory projects that engage, entertain and educate the users.

  3. SCAPE

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    SCAPE is a design-driven landscape architecture and urban design studio based in New York and New Orleans. We believe landscape architecture can enable positive change in communities through the creation of regenerative living infrastructure and public landscapes. We work to integrate natural cycles and systems into environments across all scales, from the urban pocket-park to the regional ecological plan. We do this through diverse forms of landscape architecture – built landscapes, planning frameworks, research, books, and installations – with the ultimate goal of connecting people to their immediate environment and creating dynamic and adaptive landscapes of the future.

  4. Seej Projects

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    Chris Jordan explores the medium of light, movement, and time through the use of technology. His installations have appeared at the Moma, The New Museum, The Whitney, The Museum of Natural History, The Chelsea Museum, Times Square, numerous galleries and clubs; and the incidental spaces inbetween. The common elements that define Chris’ work include explorations into memory, photography, film, interactivity, and projections. By examining the political and social implications technology has on us through a diversity of media, his work challenges the viewer to redefine perceptions of audience and performer. In addition Chris has taught interactive design at Baruch College and NYU; and organized T-Minus, the time-art show (5 years), G33kXmas (10 years), rooftop movies, and visualist salons in New York City. Chris co-curated the Figment Sculpture Park on Governors Island in 2012 and 2013; a 4 month interactive sculpture park, visited by over 100,000 people each year.

  5. e+i studio

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    e+i studio is a dynamic architecture and design practice based in New York City. Founded formally in 2010 by partners Eva Perez de Vega and Ian Gordon, after years of collaborating, it engages in projects of multiple scales, from public projects that engage the city and the environment, to culturally significant work in the form of pavilions and exhibitions, to housing and interior renovations, as well as small scale products and jewelry design. 

    The work of e+i has been supported and awarded by the New York Foundation For the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Manhattan Council Art Fund, Architecture For Humanity and Emerging New York Architects, among others. It has been exhibited in New York at the AIA Center for Architecture, Van Alen Institute, Max Protech, RIVAA art gallery, Parsons New School For Design, as well as internationally at the Milan design fair, Venice, Rome, Madrid, Stockholm and Seoul. 

  6. Studio Eber

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    Studio Eber is an award-winning New York City-based architecture and design studio founded by Hayley Eber. The studio actively engages projects that seek to expand the boundaries of architecture, through the design of buildings, interiors, objects, environments and installations. Through both projects and speculative investigations, the work is driven by an experimental approach that leads to conceptually rigorous and detail-oriented design.

  7. Inaba Williams

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    As more and more of the world is virtual and immaterial, architecture has become increasingly important to our lives. Inaba Williams grew out of a desire by organizations to stand out in a digital age by creating physical environments. We translate observations about human interaction, technology, and communities into meticulously detailed spaces with unexpected encounters.