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Wednesday 20 Jul 2011

New Practices New York and Sao Paulo opens in NY

Taking a page out of MoMA PS 1’s Young Architects Program playbook, in which the Museum joined forces this year with MAXXI Rome to sponsor a joint program and exhibition focused on the work of young architects, AIANY has organized an international exchange of emerging designers between New York and Sao Paulo. Under the program, the 2010 winners of New Practices New York, which recognized seven emerging design firms working in New York, will be exhibited at the Sao Paulo International Architecture Biennial In Oscar Niemeyer’s OCA Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park from November 1 – December 4, 2011 and seven young Brazilian practices will have their work exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York City from July 15 to September 10th. Both exhibitions are the result of a highly competitive process to identify the best young firms practicing today.

The New Practices New York 2010 competition was juried by architect Toshiko Mori, FAIA, Lead Juror; Joe MacDonald, Assoc AIA, Urban A & O; William Menking, The Architects Newspaper; Guy Nordenson, Guy Nordenson and Associates; and Galian Solomonoff,AIA of Solmonoff Architecture Studio. They selected practices EASTON + COMBS; which earned the highest honor in the competition; Archipelagos; LEONG LEONG; MANIFOLD; SOFTlab; SO-IL; and Tacklebox, which will have their work exhibited in Sao Paulo.

In Brazil, the Sao Paulo Department of the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil (IAB) administered the competition, which was juried by a distinguished panel of Brazilian architects and designers including Carlos Motta, architect; Isay Winfeld, architect and designer; Joao Sette Whitaker Ferreira, PhD in Landscape and urban designer; Jose Armenio de Brito Cruz, an emerging architect; Nadia Somekh, PhD in urban design and governmental planning; Ricard Itsuo Ohtake, architect and curator of Fundacao Tomie Ohtake; and Roberto Loeb, architect and sustainable designer. The practices they selected for exhibition in New York include Metro Arquitetos Associados, Vazio S/A Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Triptyque Arquitetura, 23 Graus Sul Arquitetura, Yuri Vital Architect, PAX.ARQ, and Arkiz.

Commenting on the New Practices program, AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA LEED AP said: “I am very excited to host this international exchange. Given Brazil’s economic development, population growth, and hosting of the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, more is being built in Brazilian cities than almost anywhere else in the glob. I’m certain that we’ll be able to lean much about forward-thinking design and practice models from these firms.”

This is the third iteration of the biennial New Practices competition. It is also the third exchange - AIANY’s New Practices winners have been exhibited in London (2007) and San Francisco (2009) and those cities brought their works to NYC.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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