The GSAPP Incubator is an initiative of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) that provides the school’s alumni with a collaborative environment in which they can explore new ideas and develop innovative projects that bridge culture, technology, and the city. The GSAPP Incubator blends a professional setting and a culture of entrepreneurship with the communal creative energy and rigorous discourse experienced by students during their time at Columbia. The program eases the transition between school and practice, and allows recent graduates to share experiences and skills while building their professional network and connections to New York’s technology industry.
The GSAPP Incubator is a unique university-led initiative that spans multiple disciplines and draws on the strengths of the school and its faculty, the resources of NEW INC and the New Museum, and the proximity of Lower Manhattan’s technology industry. Directed by Assistant Professor David Benjamin, the co-working space encourages discovery and open exchange among a diverse group of participants who are engaging in topics and interdisciplinary methods that expand the possibilities of architecture. It supports experimental and alternative modes of practice that encompass research and production: the eleven inaugural member groups are developing a variety of cutting-edge projects involving virtual reality and digital technology, critical discourse and publishing, civic issues and public spaces, urban regeneration, emergency response, and more.
The member groups for the inaugural season, which continues through summer 2016, are A(n) Office, City and Disaster, : (Colon), Consortia, FAMILY + PLAYLAB + POOL, IrisVR, Forrest Jessee, Dimitri Kim, KOSMOS, Dimitrios Spyropoulos, and Xin Wang.