The GSAPP Incubator is a launch pad for new ideas and projects about architecture, culture, and the city. Drawing on Columbia GSAPP guest lecturers, discourse, and studio culture, the Incubator hosts and encourages a wide range of experiments initiated by recent Columbia GSAPP graduates. Targeted projects combine action with discussion at the levels of the university, the city, and local ways of life.
The GSAPP Incubator offers a platform for entrepreneurship and expanded modes of practice. Yet it is distinct from other incubators and co-working spaces in several ways. The Incubator includes the humanities as well as the sciences. It involves critique and discourse as well as action and technology. It generates deep thinking as well as concise elevator pitches. And it uses measures of success beyond profit and growth.
The Incubator is anchored by alumni members and projects, and it is part of a broader ecosystem of Columbia GSAPP research and production. The Incubator is directed by Assistant Professor David Benjamin M.Arch '05 and located at 231 Bowery, as part of NEW INC, the world’s first museum-led incubator created by the New Museum.
A-Frame critically investigates the social, economic, and political issues that frame the fields of architecture and development. A-Frame began in the studios of Columbia University GSAPP, and aims to establish a cooperative platform for young architects to share resources, incubate projects, and engage with alternative forms of practice. Through the organization of events, workshops, and conversations, A-Frame provides support for young professionals in the fields of Architecture and Development looking to engage in alternative modes of practice.
Mark Bearak is a principal at dtls.Architecture in New York and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. He is a licensed architect primarily on residential and communal architecture. His work has a dedicated approach to collaboration which can be experienced through multiple scales, typologies, and programs. He is interested in an academic approach to the design, fabrication, and construction of installations, and apply them to a more permanent architectural scale through public and private partnerships throughout the city.
CEVAN CASTLE & ANNIE CHEN
Cevan Castle and Annie Chen met at Columbia GSAPP M.Arch program over their shared interest in architecture as a driver for social engagement and change. Their practice explores data-driven frameworks analyzing existing typologies and new platforms that engage with the growing independent worker economy (freelancers, contractors, artists, creative professionals, entrepreneurs, etc.) focusing on child care coworking spaces.
CMyK Space, founded by Kamilla Csegzi, Nicole Mater, and Dong-Joo Kim, is a design and research group dedicated to the cultivation of an Atlas of Impermanence – a trans-disciplinary dialogue of interconnected, global dynamics exploring a network of architectural and urban environments responding to states of performance. Their mission is to provoke collaboration across boundaries by recording and curating interactions through a variety of formats: exhibitions, installations, publications, and online platforms.
Josh Draper is an architect and designer working at the intersection of computation, fabrication, and material logics with a primary focus on advanced forming techniques. He is the founder of PrePost, an award winning New York-based firm. He is a Lecturer at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) a joint venture of Rennsaeler Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM). At CASE, Josh is both a professor and a researcher, leading grants concerning agricultural waste for building materials, data analytics, and green wall technologies. He recently won the 2017 City of Dreams Pavilion competition, with schlaich bergermann partner and other interdisciplinary collaborators, for the proposal Cast & Place.
Inés Esnal founded Studio Esnal in New York in 2014, expanding on her ongoing work as an artist. Through her temporary and permanent installations and her dedication to building, her practice truly crosses the boundaries of art and architecture to produce creative and inspiring spaces. The studio is currently working on a series of ground up mix-used developments in New York City, various interior architecture projects, as well as multiple art installations around the world. In both the art-focused and the architecture-focused sides of the practice, Studio Esnal combines scientific strategies and artistic approximations in the creative process in order to achieve a final product which is at once geometric and atmospheric, logical, and experiential.
Habitat Workshop is an architecture and urban design practice based in New York, designing spaces and objects that promote human connections and value of a place. Founded by Jieun Yang, their work combines research and practice to explore potential in the ordinary and the unseen through the lens of play, political economy, and cultural influences. Their current work, “The Maximum City”, investigates the city’s hidden inefficiencies and inequalities by analyzing abandoned and underutilized resources. With topics ranging from unrentable spaces and undevelopable lots to restricted access in public spaces, the project provides speculative policy and design solutions for maximizing and equalizing resources for the public as well as individual citizens.
Naomi Hersson-Ringskog develops arts-based strategies for community building, neighborhood revitalization, and creative placemaking. Since co-founding No Longer Empty, Naomi has shifted her focus on Newburgh, NY where she is developing distressed properties while combining it with continuous cultural interventions and community outreach strategies to test the replicability of existing models. She's involved with APA, GSAPP, and Coro New York; a fellow at Urban Design Forum; a board member at NLE; and advisor to Modern Maputo and Institute for Public Architecture.
Interval Projects is a non-profit design advocacy collaborative based in New York City. Current and recent projects include an arts space in Queens, an adaptive reuse plan for a rail line in Long Island City, a community garden and gathering space in the Bronx, and a public park on a Superfund site in Butte, Montana. They have collaborated with organizations including 596 Acres, Flux Factory, Red Hook Initiative, the Restore Our Creek Coalition, the City of New York, Smiling Hogshead Ranch and the Cutoff Coalition. Their projects have been awarded grants by the Graham Foundation, the Architectural League of New York, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and Columbia University, among others.
Mustafa Khan's work looks at socioeconomic, cultural and racial tension in our current climate through the process of fictional writing and rational architectural design. It involves the collection of facts and data related to these events. His work also uses the virtual space of the Internet, the most accessible platform that propagates the extremes of these tensions and phobias, as a space for study, community engagement, and understanding. The end products are short stories that act as propaganda, questioning these tensions produced through the easy dissemination of “information” by the media, people, and other entities. Khan's project opens a dialogue between the oppressed and the oppressors. The shape of the dialogue: violent, civil, rational, irrational, might be inconsequential, the key is to start one. The project aims the oppressors to create a form of understanding through education and provocation.
MARCELO LOPEZ DINARDI
Marcelo López-Dinardi is an architect and educator based in New York interested in themes around architecture and political economy, as well as the intersection of art and architecture. His writings have been published in The Avery Review, The Architect’s Newspaper, and GSAPP Books among others. As Partner of A(n) Office, a design and curatorial practice, have exhibited at the US Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and MoCAD in Detroit. Have taught at Barnard + Columbia, NJIT, Penn Design, RISD, and Pratt. He is currently working on a research project about the spatial impact of Puerto Rico’s fiscal debt.
ALEJANDRA NAVARRETE LLOPIS
Alejandra Navarrete Llopis is a New York based architect. She is the principal of Nami Studio, an architecture design and curatorial office working in Europe and in the US in public and private projects. Alejandra was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. Her ongoing research focuses on the architectures of social clubs, and how these contemporary forms of membership propose exclusive spaces of privacy, security, and comfort.
NILE is an architecture studio founded with the belief that modernism is a starting point for design. It’s a good thing that those antiquated lessons about structure, utility and beauty are still pretty useful. Since we’ve all agreed to live together and we might as well live in utopias, oases and other beautiful and clear constructions.
SS COLUMBIA PROJECT
The SS Columbia Project is restoring the 115-year-old steamboat Columbia to revive the great tradition of day excursions on the Hudson River. Once in service, Columbia will be a moving cultural venue for arts and education, reconnecting NYC to Hudson Valley’s cities and towns. The SS Columbia, the oldest remaining excursion steamship in the United States, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and designated as a historic landmark in 1992.
Superform is a new type of consultancy, operating at the intersection of design, technology, and marketing. The office has applied innovation with clients in various industries, including architecture, and real estate to build smarter, more resilient organizations. In 2013, two of its members, Adrian von der Osten and George Valdes co-founded Built-In, the largest meetup in NYC devoted to fostering entrepreneurship within the A/E/C industry. The Built-In by Superform initiative intends to bring data-driven strategies to architecture and design practices, working collaboratively to accelerate growth, productivity, and success.
Mustafa Faruki is the founding partner of theLab-lab for architecture, a New York-based practice dedicated to reinventing the potential outputs of architectural design. theLab-lab will develop and publish the design for Intake Facility, an architecture project that reflects on issues of migration, belonging, and the meaning of “home.” In addition, the studio will launch a publication that engages with speculative architectural drawings arising from studio culture.
JMGA, in collaboration with Future Goose Productions, is joining the GSAPP Incubator to explore linguistic and spatial experiments in urban ecology. The XL-ingua Project examines design concepts at extreme scales, to generate interventions that aim to transform social, cultural, and environmental norms. The project will develop a laboratory, exhibition, publication, and film with a network of organizations and institutions to explore “How research can critique and transform the future of sustainability?” Julia Molloy Gallagher, GSAPP ’07, is an architect and an educator, and Anthony Aguilar Gallagher is a medical interpreter, actor, and writer - together the team will explore the dynamic of language and political power in the global urban landscape.