PUBLIC GALLERY REVIEW:
The NJ School of Architecture is proud to host an open gallery presentation of the fifth year comprehensive studio, Stack City, Reimagining Downtown Newark. The gallery presentation is free and open to the public with an Eventbrite RSVP.
Student projects each envision a Newark that both accommodates and anticipates the future, all the while remaining mindful of Newark's diverse community. We welcome you to the public unveiling of their work and to engage a larger conversation around the future of Newark.
3-4pm: Studio Presentation - Bove Auditorium
4-6pm: Gallery Review - Lobby
The studio will pry into the very fabric of the contemporary American city in the context of a rapidly evolving cultural paradigm shift around live, work, and play, as they relate to the economics and private/public life of the tech industry. This shift is also displacing the perceived notions of the disciplinary nature of the architect, both in workflow methodologies and the application of new tools and skillsets developed outside the profession, which will be applied in this studio via agile development and virtual reality.
As the American city recovers from massive public divestment and the movement of affluence to the suburbs during the last century, we will investigate who serves and is served by the revitalized city. By engaging in the active redevelopment of downtown Newark as it embraces a new identity as a technology innovation hub along the Northeast Corridor, we will investigate the demographic, political, and cultural shifts that have occurred in this revitalization as urban life is subsumed by a culture of connectivity, flexibility, transparency, and shared experience. We will investigate new workflows and methodologies developed by the tech industry and new urban form and spatial typologies found in the tech campus model as they apply to Newark. By investigating recent shifts in the built environment, culture, and technology, we will probe the arc of architectural identity—from the singular marshal of the complex built world of the Renaissance to today’s overextended generalist—in order to identify a scope emerging beyond the purview of traditional architecture and how to best administer to it.
The studio is tasked to collectively determine a neighborhood site within downtown Newark to catalyze further urban revitalization, individually develop new typologies of architecture focused on the intersection of live (housing) + work (office environments) + play (amenity space) and the hybridity of all three, and to test new methods and means of production and visualization via virtual reality.