Enabling Emergence: Realizing a Design-Build Environment in Brooklyn

By Gregory Marinic and Illya Azaroff.

Published by The Design Collection

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A resurgence in material and formal exploration has led architects back to time-tested methods, tooling, material processes, and prototyping. Exploiting this trajectory as a point of departure, this project engaged students of architecture in a semester-long collaborative studio investigating urban emergence in the conceptualization of a design-build interior environment. Dubbed ‘Emergent Environment’, the effort sought to architectonically synthesize the notions of ‘meme’, a Greek term defined as an idea, behavior, or usage that spreads from person-to-person within a culture and ‘agora’: the universal term evoking a gathering/ marketplace. Our exploratory studio mined the neighborhood context of post-industrial Bushwick, Brooklyn for its relevance as a laboratory of urban, social, cultural, and demographic data. ‘Emergent Environment’ was initiated as a scholarly, collaborative, and research-intensive that blurred the boundaries between the design process and the act of building itself. The project provided an environment for engaging emergent design research by identifying anthropomorphic relationships, morphologies, and change within a prescribed Brooklyn neighborhood undergoing significant gentrification. By sampling the context for site-specific data at various scales, bottom-up solutions and sustainable potentialities were revealed. These opportunities were considered through the study of various material conditions and connective operations, then rapidly tested through digital fabrication. A series of focused exercises were employed as investigative generators that dialed into emergence toward the realization of a zero-budget interior gallery installation.

Keywords: Architecture, Digital-Fabrication, Installation, Process, Emergence, Brooklyn, Design Research, Interior Architecture, Gallery Installation

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.387-398. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.195MB).

Prof. Gregory Marinic

Professor, Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

Gregory Marinic is Professor of Architecture and Design in the División de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño at the Universidad de Monterrey and acts as guest jury critic at Columbia University, Fordham University, Parsons, and Pratt Institute. His previous teaching experience includes undergraduate/graduate design studios and directed research at Pratt Institute and the City University of New York. Gregory is director and co-founder of d3, a New York-based organization and temporal gallery committed to advancing innovative design discourse by providing a collaborative environment for artists, architects, designers, and students worldwide. He is a co-principal in Archipelago, a New York-based architectural practice engaged in design, research, teaching, and experimentation. Prior to independent practice, Gregory worked in the New York and London offices of Rafael Vinoly Architects on academic, performing arts, residential, master planning, and by-invitation international competition design teams. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland, where he was the recipient of the Leonard Dressel Scholarship, Jack Kerxton Scholarship, and the School of Architecture Thesis Citation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography/Urban Studies and Certificate of Latin American Studies from Ohio University where he graduated with honors.

Illya Azaroff

City University of New York, New York, New York, USA

Illya Azaroff is a registered architect, artist, and Director of Design at the Design Collective Studio, an experimental arts group that works across multiple disciplines. Illya’s cross-disciplinary design approach has given him opportunities to write and lecture extensively on collaborative processes and his work. He is currently assistant professor at the City University of New York and adjunct faculty at SVA-School for Visual Arts in New York, and has lectured at Pratt Institute, New York Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University. His award-winning work has been shown in Austria, Germany, Korea, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and throughout the United States. His critical essays and projects have been published in the New York Times, Village Voice, and Oculus Magazine. Illya is honored to be serving as Vice President for Design Excellence at the AIA New York Chapter. He is a member of the advisory board for Fulcrum magazine and co-chairs the Exhibitions Committee at the Center for Architecture in New York City.


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