WALLABOUT DESIGN SERIES
In partnership with NYCxDESIGN, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is pleased to announce the launch of its new series, Wallabout Design. The monthly series explores design in Wallabout Bay – the location of the 300-acre design and innovation hub – and the role that design has had in shaping, informing, and defining our lived experiences with a distinctively inventive, industrial, and “roll up your sleeves and figure it out” edge that is the Brooklyn Navy Yard. From panel discussions and studio tours to demos and sneak peeks, each month will explore new design brands, design concepts, and programmatic formats.
The inaugural Wallabout Design series program! Sustainability, inclusivity, eco-friendly, and a host of other terms tied to living together more harmoniously with the natural world have become common in many cultures. Yet, developing cohesive and consistent methods to embody these terms in our everyday lives remains a challenge. Designers are positioned at the forefront of these conversations and have the ability to drive design solutions that help to better preserve our planet. These range from large-scale architecture projects that embrace new materials and methodologies to envisioning new ways to improve existing infrastructure, which helps to mitigate design decisions of the past that were less-focused on sustainability. In this panel discussion, three leading voices in architecture and design – Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE, Pinar Guvenc of SOUR Studio, and Tony Daniels of Cycle Architecture & Planning – discuss recent projects and ways that their practices embody “sustainability in action.” focus will be placed on discussing the importance of infusing sustainable values in decision-making from initial concepts to the implementation of projects.
PANELIST & COMPANY BIOS
Mitchell Joachim, PhD, Assoc. AIA, Co-founder, Terreform ONE
Mitchell is an award-winning architect, Fulbright scholar, and Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Prior to co-founding Terreform ONE, Mitchell worked as an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale and he has co-authored several books. Mitchell has a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MAUD from Harvard University, and a MArch from Columbia University. Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) is a nonprofit art, architecture, and urban design research group focused on design solutions that illuminate the environmental possibilities of habitats, cities, and landscapes across the globe to combat extinction. Read more here.
Pinar Guvenc, Partner, SOUR
Pinar leads business operations, strategic planning, research, and partnerships for SOUR, an international, award-winning architecture and design studio with the mission to address social and urban problems through sustainable, adaptive and inclusive methodologies. Prior to SOUR, Pinar co-founded various ventures including New York Functional Furniture and Sponge Inc. Pinar is a part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design, serves on the Board of Open Style Lab – a nonprofit organization committed to making style accessible for everyone, regardless of their cognitive and physical abilities – and hosts the podcast series “What’s Wrong With?” Pinar has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an MSc in Economics & Finance.
Tony Daniels, AIA, Principal, Cycle Architecture + Planning
Tony brings over 30 years of experience designing innovative solutions to urban issues, with a focus on deep energy retrofits and high-performance buildings. He founded Cycle Architecture + Planning (CA+P) in 2007, with the aim of building outstanding architecture that is valuable to cities and communities and has earned certification as a Certified Passive House Designer. Tony has a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia College and a certificate in conservation biology from Columbia. CA+P is a Brooklyn-based company that provides architecture, urban design, sustainable design, and development consulting services to public agencies, individuals, and businesses.
Image Courtesy SOUR. Close-up view of “Urban Rural v1” (2020), Istanbul, Turkey. A new hybrid dwelling typology with a sustainable transformation strategy that integrates structural, spacial, social, and landscaping.