IDEAS CITY | First Street Garden
ETH Zurich brings a cutting-edge artifact of the future to the East Village: a pavilion created from waste materials. Recasting “trash” as a valuable asset, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion will redefine the notion of waste, acknowledging its value as a resource from which new cities can rise.
Waste belongs neither to the family of natural resources nor to the category of finished products. It has, until now, been a by-product—an (ideally) invisible part—of our cities. Featuring discarded beverage cartons as its construction material, the expressive roof structure will visually float in the narrow slot of the First Street Garden. The shape of the vault has been designed such that the stresses in the structure will be predominantly compressive, allowing the weak product to act as a structural material.
Over the course of three days, the ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion will host events, workshops, and an exhibition outlining the future metropolis. Food and drinks will be provided by Café Select. Check back for updates on programming, times, and information about how to RSVP here: ethmeetsyou.org
May 5–May 30, 11 AM–6 PM
Pop-Up Workshop + Gallery
During the month of May, ETH Zurich’s Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel and the Block Research Group with miLES will transform the storefront at 34 East 1st Street into a pop-up workshop and gallery for the prefabrication of the ETH Zurich Pavilion, which will be set up across the street at First Street Garden. Peek into the storefront—you may find surprises!
Program at the Pavilion, Thursday, May 28–Saturday, May 30 11 AM–10 PM
Thursday, May 28
ETH Zurich Alumni – New York Chapter
The Invisible Feedback Loop: Architects, Infrastructure, and Public Space
Architects and urban planners are in a constant dialogue with the evolving needs and expectations of public space. The speakers will briefly describe their contributions to the civic realm, their investigations, and their ideas, as well as their results and/or proposed solutions.
Friday, May 29
ETH Zurich, miLES, and PareUp
Wasted Food x Wasted Space: A Morning Dialogue Over Breakfast
8–9 AM Free Yoga with TheYoke.com (BYO-Mat)
9–10 AM Roundtable Dialogues
These roundtable discussions will be led by thought leaders on the causes of, challenges to, and solutions for waste—from wasted food to wasted space and anything in between. A “rescued” breakfast will be served during the event.
12 PM–8 PM
Swiss Think Tank W.I.R.E, SAVIDA, and ETH Zurich
Social Innovation in the Digital Age–Inventing a Truly Smart City
How can digitalization contribute to social innovation? Formulate your own ideas on how to design a “truly smart city”—developing, building, and testing ideas in an interdisciplinary and fast-paced prototyping process.
Saturday, May 30
Asian American Arts Centre and the Cultural Equity Group of New York City
Artists and Cultural Equity Group members will come together to speak about New York City’s cultural plan and the increasingly important role of the art and culture of the city’s diverse neighborhoods and communities.
Hear the Unheard
This interactive workshop will introduce community engagement techniques to the public and offer tips on how to uncover the voices in your community.
Invisible Cities: On the Work of Raquel Rabinovich and Monika Bravo
In this conversation with critic Ann McCoy and professor Carla Stellweg, artists Monika Bravo and Raquel Rabinovich will discuss their work and its relation to “invisible cities.”
Meet the Future
Take a guided tour of the ETH Zurich Pavilion, meet its creators, and walk through an exhibit of twenty-five building materials produced from waste.
Art in Odd Places
Art in Odd Places was conceived in New York in 2005 to assert and exercise civil liberties and engagement through art in public space–without seeking permission.
Photosynthesis Projects/Karla Stingerstein with Mary Mattingly
Karla Stingerstein will present Biotope, an eco-specific sculpture of flora for fauna that supports wildlife habitats in Philadelphia by stewarding damaged riparian zones. Biotope will be on view 12–6 PM.
ETH Zurich and AIA New York Chapter
“In the future, there will be no waste…”
Dirk Hebel and Philippe Block of ETH Zurich will join David Benjamin and Mark Wasiuta of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in conversation. Together, they will consider how we can navigate design methodologies and ethical practice in the quest for the future smart city.
Program at First Street Garden
Maurício Ianês: Expansion
During the performance “Expansion,” artist Maurício Ianês will invite the public to develop a communal practice of cultural, artistic, and knowledge exchange.
Bookstore Project BLACKNUSS: Books + Other Relics
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Publication Studio Hudson will set up an on-demand printing station showcasing the hand-bound pamphlet series “On the Blackness of BLACKNUSS.”