Pamphlet Architecture Exhibition at a83 Gallery NYC
September 6, 2023
Exhibition Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14. 6-8pm. 83 Grand Street, NYC.
Pamphlet Architecture 37 Launch with Catty Dan Zhang: Friday, September 22. 6-8pm. 83 Grand Street, NYC. Catty will be speaking and signing books.
Pamphlet Architecture was founded in 1978 by architects Steven Holl and William Stout to promote the work of emerging architects, often working outside established boundaries of professional practice, exploring theoretical ideas, documenting building and urban and rural building types, and providing manifestos calling for the architectural world to think broader and design deeper. Many of today’s best-known visionary architects were first published in Pamphlet Architecture, including Holl himself, Lebbeus Woods, Zaha Hadid, Lars Lerup, Mark Mack, Livio Dimitriu, and Alberto Sartoris.
In addition to all thirty-six issues of Pamphlet Architecture, the exhibition includes ephemera from the publication’s founding and formative years, including letters and correspondence, announcements, press, and concept texts illustrating the publication’s mission. Displayed on a custom reading table designed by Steven Holl, the installation references the 1980 exhibition Exhibit A, which featured pamphlet proposals and chair designs by Holl, Stout, James Jennings, Mike Metz, James Holl, Anthony Pellechia, Lawrence Rouch, Mark Mack, Lebbeus Woods, Lars Lerup, Livio Dimitriu, and Zaha Hadid.
Pamphlet Architecture 37 was awarded to Catty for her submission “Active Atmospheres: On Instruments and Protocols for Medium Hybrids and Architectural Voids.”
“Categorized into three sets, a total of eight selected design experiments respond to the present urgencies around the air we breathe, the data we exchange, the image we consume through the industrial, mechanical, domestic, and virtual frameworks. Each experiment in this proposed issue is grounded scientifically—simulated, prototyped, and/or built. They resist the symbolic representation of machine and system, rather, they celebrate the interplay between accurate behavior and indeterminate effects. Part technical operations, part theorizing technology through architectural logics, these works serve as design manifestos probing the paradigm shift into possible futures.”
Pamphlet Architecture: Visions and Experiments in Architecture at ‘T’ Space Gallery was curated by Steve Pulimood and Eirini Tsachrelia with coordination by Marisa Espe.
Exhibition coordination and design at a83 by Gus Crain.