“5×5 Participatory Provocations” at the Center for Architecture in New York City spotlights 25 young architects engaged with controversial issues in an imagined future, producing physical expressions or provocations. Each team responds to one of five prompts, contemplating the future of drone deliveries, the consequences of luxury high rises as financial investments, luxury tourism on the moon, the fictional development of NSA community branches, and the potential construction of an anti-immigration wall on the border between the US and Mexico.

Curated by Kevin Erickson, Julia van den Hout, and Kyle May, the exhibition features 25 young architects based across the U.S., including Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, Andrew Kovacs/Archive of Affinities, Platform for Architecture + Research, Snarkitecture, Studio Cadena, and Ultramoderne.

JULIA VAN DEN HOUT is founder of Original Copy, and co-founder and Editor of CLOG. As Original Copy, she is currently producing TEN Arquitectos’s new monograph, as well as a book on expos and world’s fairs centered around the Milan Expo 2015. She co-curated “New Views: The Rendered in Image in Architecture” at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013/2014. Prior to founding Original Copy, Julia was the Director of Press and Marketing at Steven Holl Architects for six years, where she was responsible for developing and coordinating the PR strategy for over 30 projects and competitions, organizing the opening and publication of 12 completed projects, and the coordination of multiple traveling exhibitions. She has a Master’s Degree in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

KEVIN ERICKSON is a designer in New York City (KNE studio), and an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois. He is on the Program Leadership Council at the Van Alen Institute, was a Visiting Professor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, and an Artist-in-Residence at the Geoffrey Bawa Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka.

KYLE MAY is a practicing architect in New York City (Kyle May, Architect), and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of CLOG, a quarterly architecture journal that has published 14 issues to date. With Original Copy, he is currently editing the first monographs of REX and Luxigon, and writing a book on Wallace K. Harrison with Julia van den Hout. He co-curated “New Views” at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013/2014 and is on the Advisory Panel of Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Kyle teaches at RISD, and has been a visiting critic at a range of institutions, including Yale University, MIT, Harvard, Princeton University, Columbia University, and Kent State University, and he has lectured widely.

Here’s the full list of participants:

Abruzzo Bodziak Architects (New York, NY)
Andrew Kovacs / Archive of Affinities (Los Angeles, CA)
Anthony Titus Studio (New York, NY)
Brillhart Architecture (Miami, FL)
Carl Lostritto (Providence, RI)
Club Club (Chicago, IL and New York, NY)
David Emmons (Urbana, IL)
Formlessfinder (New York, NY)
Future Expansion (New York, NY)
GELPI Projects (Miami, FL)
is-office (Los Angeles, CA and Milwaukee, WI)
JKURTZ (Cleveland, OH)
KNE studio (New York, NY)
Kyle May, Architect (New York, NY)
Michael Abrahamson (Ann Arbor, MI)
Norden (Urbana, IL)
Platform for Architecture + Research (Los Angeles, CA)
Path + Price Studio (San Francisco, CA)
P.R.O. (New York, NY)
Sean Gaffney / Christina Nguyen (New York, NY)
Snarkitecture (New York, NY)
SOFTlab (New York, NY)
Studio Cadena (New York, NY)
Ultramoderne (Providence, RI)

The exhibition will be open at the Center for Architecture until October 31, 2017. You can learn more on 5x5exhibit.com.

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