“Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim

FIRST STREET GREEN is pleased to announce to the winning proposal for the 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER Pavilion, “Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim. This proposal is currently being reviewed by NYC Parks & Recreation and is pending approval from DPR.

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Urban Forest is a threshold where fast paced urban path and slow meandering of natural oasis are extended and integrated. As a reflector of public exchange and movement, the pavilion facilitates the intimacy of bodily interaction and accentuates urban and community context. Urban Forest is a network of flexible responses to the changing time, weather, and environment that subverts the fixed nature of the architectural form and embraces the agility of urban life.

The 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER installation is an outdoor space located in First Park AT 33 East 1st Street near 2nd Ave and Houston Street. Hosted in collaboration with Superfront and NYC Parks & Recreation, the goal of the installation and programming is to define and explore issues of “Urban Movement” by creating an intervention to facilitate, subvert, encourage, obfuscate, or in other ways participate in the production of public culture and civic exchange.

The charrette took place on site at First Park where over 40 designers competed for three hours to produce 16 proposals. Please stay tuned for summer programming announcements!

Honorable Mentions selected by the jury:
Woven New York
City Life
Frame X Frame

Honorable Mention selected by SUPERFRONT:
Mediated Movement

Silva Ajemian, TODO DA, First Street Green, NJIT
Pat Arnett, Robert Silman Associates
Keller Easterling, Keller Easterling Architect, Professor Yale School of Architecture
Chris Moffett, Thinking Bodies
Jorge Prado, TODO DA, First Street Green, NJIT
Juergen Riehm, 1100 Architect
David Turnbull, Atopia
Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography

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Jieun Yang is a New York-based registered architect, urbanist, and curator. Framed by social, economic, political, and cultural influences, her multi-disciplinary work explores communication between everyday desires and network of physical and virtual environments. As the winner of the 2008 SOM Prize in Architecture, Design, and Urban Design, Jieun researched and documented various burgeoning and decaying suburbia and their intrinsic relationship to the larger urban and global network for her project Ghost Town, the next slum. While at Columbia GSAPP, she organized a series of conferences on building materials and their range of philosophical, social, formal, and physical possibilities. Jieun holds a B.A. in architecture from Yale University and a M. Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She currently works at the New York office of SOM, reconceptualizing urban infrastructure and transportation networks. Jieun is the founding principal of S/PY, a New York-based studio and think tank for architecture and urbanism, and the co-founder/ director of EVERYTHING, S/PY’s curatorial collaboration in capturing and resituating flux of architectural ideas and dialogues.

Ji Young Kim is a registered architect, designer and researcher based in New York City. Her cross-disciplinary work is focused on development of responsive, innovative, conceptual/physical systems at various scales to advance future living environment. Ji Young’s work is built upon socio-cultural behavior studies and researches of interfaces – urbannetwork & framework. She works in the New York office of Shigeru Ban Architects and prior to join SBA Ji Young worked for Asymptote Architecture and Latent Productions. She is a designer/researcher at Japan Lab of Columbia University and as a member; Ji Young participated in 2008 Beijing Olympic opening ceremony outfit design and spacecraft habitability improvement research proposal with NASA. She serves as an advisory board member of d3 and co-director of annual d3 Natural Systems and Housing Tomorrow international competitions. Ji Young received her M. Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and previously trained as an architect at Korea (Goryeo) University in Seoul. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Transforum, artist group selected by Gallery Korea of the Korean Consulate in New York City.

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