Public Practice Exhibition

Public Practice Exhibition

PRO practices a publicly engaged design philosophy. We believe that architecture and urban design can be meaningful tools to stimulate dialogue about our cities, our workplaces, our homes, and the policies that shape urban life. We look for opportunities in all our projects to address these issues, and when a relevant project does not yet exist, we invent one. 

This exhibition highlights six experiments with public space. Each project is at roughly the same scale, and proposes a temporary installation meant to challenge our assumptions about how public space can be occupied. For example “The Brooklyn Cloud” aims to draw attention to the many small, undevelopable plazas in Downtown Brooklyn with a dynamic installation of customized “air dancers” – white nylon tubes, animated by high powered fans. Similarly, “Heartifacts” utilizes solid wood planes to create small, intimate spaces in the midst of the overwhelming scale and stimulus of Times Square.

Each of these projects was initiated by our office. As a young firm, this entrepreneurial approach has enriched our practice, expanded our network, and helped us develop a more precise understanding of the productive role architecture can play in nurturing social change.

Coverage in Architects Newspaper

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Wesleyan University Davison Art Center

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Wesleyan University Davison Art Center

Rubin Museum of Art Mandala Lab

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Rubin Museum of Art Mandala Lab

Nina Chanel Abney Studio

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Nina Chanel Abney Studio

Galerie Perrotin

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Galerie Perrotin

Penthouse

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Penthouse

Scalable Solutions for the New York City Housing Authority

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Scalable Solutions for the New York City Housing Authority

Glossier New York

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Glossier New York

The Shepherd Gallery and Arts Center

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The Shepherd Gallery and Arts Center

Telfair Studio

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Telfair Studio

Metropolitan Avenue Mixed Use

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Metropolitan Avenue Mixed Use

HVMoCA

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HVMoCA

Grand Street Mixed Use

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Grand Street Mixed Use

Fieldston School Campus Center

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Fieldston School Campus Center

Prismatic Bay Townhouse

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Prismatic Bay Townhouse

Exhibition Luhring Augustine

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Exhibition Luhring Augustine