Sharing Models: Manhattanisms, on view at the Storefront for Art and Architecture from July 14, will feature 30 models by 30 international architects that represent various ways of reading, understanding, and analyzing the collective assets of urban life.
"Sharing Models creates a territory that is simultaneously fictional and real, a model space that opens a window to new perceptions of the city's shared assets," commented Eva Franch i Gilabert, Executive Director and Chief Curator. "Accompanied by drawings and statements from each architect, the exhibition seeks to engage both designers and the public in a collective dialogue about the notion of 'sharing' and what it means for the norms, rules, and codes that govern and produce the public sphere."
We are experiencing the emergence of a culture that is marked by a return to, redefinition, and expansion of the notion of the commons. The increasing complexity and interconnectedness of globalization is reorienting us away from trends that have emphasized individuation and singular development, and toward new forms of collectivity.
The so-called "sharing movement" signifies a paradigm shift that has changed the way we perceive and formulate new ideas and knowledge. Emerging technologies and economies associated with the movement are calling into question the actions and norms that drive every aspect of our lives, from the way we work and travel, to how we think about shelter and social engagement.
Sharing Models: Manhattanisms proposes 30 visions for the city by 30 international architects. Taking the form of 30 models, each a section of Manhattan, they establish analytical, conceptual, and physical frameworks for inhabiting and constructing urban space. Together, the 30 sections form a visionary composite model of the island of Manhattan, one of the most dense and iconic urban areas in the world.
The participants are Archi-Tectonics, Asymptote Architecture, Atelier Manferdini, Bureau V, Buro Koray Duman, Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río, Matilde Cassani, Dror, FOAM, Future Firm, Mario Gooden, Höweler + Yoon, JUNE14, Leong Leong, Leven Betts, MAIO, Manuel Herz Architects, MODU, nARCHITECTS, ODA, The Open Workshop, Pedro & Juana, Renato Rizzi, Schaum-Shieh, SITU Studio, SO-IL, T+E+A+M, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, TEN Arquitectos, and Urban Agency.