November 24, 2015

    Sanford Homestake Visitor Center project featured on BLDGBLOG

    SITU is pleased to share that our recent project for the Sanford Homestake Visitor Center in Lead, SD was featured in an online article by Geoff Manaugh on his site BLDGBLOG.  The article highlights the intricacies of the design and fabrication of the Sanford mine model - the centerpiece for the newly-opened Visitor Center. 

    Click here to read the full article. 

    November 20, 2015

    Partner Brad Samuels participates in Open City Symposium

    SITU Partner Brad Samuels joins a panel discussion entitled "Vuotare: To Void & Civic Still Life" taking place Friday November 20, 2015 at the New Museum as part of a two-day symposium "Open City: Existential Urbanity."  Fellow panelists include - Peter Schubert, Guido Zuliani, Jeff Brock, Amir Shahrokhi, Nicholas Pevzner, Gjerji Shkurti,  and Jesus Yepez.  The event is in conjunction with and celebration for the recent publication, Open City: Existential Urbanity an anthology of student work completed in the Architecture and City studio at The Cooper Union led by Diane Lewis.   Focusing on work from 2001 to 2014, the book features drawings, models and project descriptions that regard any contemporary intervention into the city as an integral work of architecture, art, and sustainable infrastructure. Essays by members of the faculty and other distinguished thinkers and practitioners accompany the works. 


    November 13, 2015

    Partner Brad Samuels joins panel at Columbia Law School symposium

    SITU Partner Brad Samuels participates in a panel entitled New Technologies and Tactics for Human Rights hosted by Columbia Law School as part of a day-long symposium - Origins and Innovations: A Celebration of Clinics at Columbia Law School.  The event recognizes Columbia Law School's long-standing history of clinical education and seeks to discuss current social justice issues, to examine the critical role of clinical legal education in the 21st century.

    Sarah Knuckey, Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein Clinical Associate Professor of Human Rights; Director, Human Rights Clinic; Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights Institute Columbia Law School
    Benjamin Hoffman, Clinical Teaching Fellow & Lecturer-in-law, Human Rights Clinic
    Brad Samuels, Partner, Situ Studio
    Holly Stubbs '15, Fellow, Center for Economic and Social Rights
    Gulika Reddy '16, Founder & Director, Schools of Equality (Chennai, India)
    October 30, 2015

    SITU Studio completes Percolate - a site-specific art installation for MTA Arts & Design

    SITU Studio is pleased to announce that the firm recently completed design  for a site-specific artwork integrated into the architecture of the new Metro North parking garage structure in North White Plains, NY.  MTA Arts & Design commissioned SITU Studio to create the piece, entitled, Percolate, which references the visual theme of water linking the past and present history of the White Plains region with its proximity to water sources and the extensive NYC reservoir system.
    SITU designed the sculptural perforated screens to represent vaporizing water droplets and their ever-changing formation and movement.  The 125 stainless steel screens were fabricated by SITU Fabrication and Kammetal and then affixed to metal screens that are dispersed through the various levels – offering different visual effects and creating the perception of upward motion.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the North White Plains parking garage and the project completion takes place October 30th. 
    The project press release can be found here
    October 13, 2015

    SITU Designs and Fabricates Augment Reality Pop-up Theater for ADFF

    SITU Studio has designed and installed a pop-up demo room for this year’s Architecture and Design Film Festival taking place at Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea October 13-18.  The space will offer attendees an opportunity to experience HoloLens an augmented reality collaboration between Trimble and Microsoft.  As the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer, it enables high-definition holograms to come to life, seamlessly integrating with physical places, spaces, and things.  
    The demo room is a free-standing temporary space that uses light gauge metal framing typical in standard drywall construction and translucent corrugated polycarbonate sheeting found in greenhouse assemblies. Undulating exterior walls of the room thicken at the base to establish a rigid and stable structure, while smaller scale undulation/striation of the polycarbonate resembles draping of a velvet theater curtain.  Layering of translucent sheeting around the metal framing creates complete visual privacy and an immersive augmented reality experience for guests, while giving the overall construction a light-filled and ethereal quality.
    The augmented reality experience will be available to attendees by appointment.  
    October 7, 2015

    SITU's work presented at ADFF Short Films Walk

    SITU is pleased to share that our work has been selected for this year's Architecture and Design Film Festival Short Films Walk.  Thirty-one short films will be on view October 7th from 6-9pm at  eleven showrooms throughout the SoHo Design District.  Draw Now!  will be on view at Luceplan located at 14 Wooster Street and Solar Pavilion 2 can be seen at Foscarini Lighting at 17 Greene street.  RSVP here 

    About the films:
    Draw Now! Common Ground
    SITU Studio honored the legacy of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012) with an all-day participatory DrawNow! drawing workshop on Saturday, June 7th, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The workshop invited participants to produce a collective artwork on a shared, semi-rigid, drawing surface that transformed into a landscape throughout the course of the day. 

    Solar Pavilion 2 was an experiment in indeterminate structural systems, using CNC-cut plywood parts manufactured with zero waste.  The 2,500 sq. ft. pavilion was erected in 4 different sites in 4 completely unique configurations. Each time, the building process was engaged by a new group of participants who were trained to execute the basic constructional rules with a large degree of freedom.
    October 6, 2015

    SITU Presents Making is Design at Cooper Union

    SITU Studio is pleased to announce that partner Wes Rozen will present Making is Design, a lecture highlighting our recent work, followed by a conversation with Dean Tehrani.

    The event takes place at noon and is open to students, faculty and staff.

    More information is available here.

    September 29, 2015

    SITU Designs and Fabricates Radical Innovation Award

    SITU Studio is pleased to announce that the firm was recently selected to design and fabricate three awards for the 2015 Radical Innovation Award which will take place Wednesday September 30th in New York.  Radical Innovation is a movement that challenges the hotel industry to elevate the guest experience using new thinking in design and operations.  A jury comprised of hospitality industry leaders has selected two finalists along with the winner in the Student category.  SITU designed and sculpted the three awards out of ash wood that was then sliced to reveal the wood grain.  Gold, silver, or copper leaf was then applied to represent the winner, runner-up and student winner respectively.  

    September 27, 2015

    SITU Presents at Maker Faire 2015

    We are pleased to announce that SITU Studio has been selected to present at the 2015 Maker Faire NYC taking place September 26-27 at the New York Hall of Science, Queens.  SITU Partner Bradley Samuels will present Making is Design on the Center Stage at NYSCI at 4:15pm.  

    To learn more about Maker Faire Week  please visit : www.makerfaire.com.  Click here to purchase tickets.

    September 15, 2015

    Invisible New York named a Finalist in Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards

    The winners for Fast Company’s prestigious Innovation by Design Awards were recently announced live on FastCoDesign.comSITU Studio is pleased to share that our design research and proposal Invisible New York was named a Finalist in the City Solutions category. The project, along with the work of all the winners and finalists are highlighted in the October issue of the print magazine.

    The Innovation by Design Awards program, now in its fourth year, honors the most innovative and disruptive design solutions to today’s business problems.  This year’s judging panel, which was once again comprised of the world’s best design minds, selected the finalists from among 1,500 international submissions across 14 categories—the most ever. Panelists in the City Solutions category included Denise Cherry, Founder and Principal, Studio O+A; Nicole Dosso, Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Richard Florida, Author, Rise of the Creative Class; and Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, Bloomberg Associates.

    July 11, 2015

    SITU Studio participates in OpenStudios:Emerging Voices

    SITU Studio is pleased to participate in OpenStudios:Emerging Voices in celebration of  30 Years of Emerging Voices.  The all-day event is a self-guided tour across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn inviting participants to visit over 45 architecture and design practices and is sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and OHNY.  

    June 11, 2015

    Uneven Growth exhibited at inaugural Vienna Biennale

    Following its six-month exhibition at MoMA, Uneven Growth: Tacticals for Expanding Megacities travels to Vienna for the inaugural Vienna Biennale 2015 which runs June 11- October 4, 2015.  Sponsored by MAK - Austrian Museum for Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art the biennale features six exhibitions and projects that "will explore artistic positions for positive change and spark a discourse against the background of Digital Modernity. "  

    To learn more about the Vienna Biennale 2015 Ideas for Change visit here

    To learn more about MAK - please visit here 

    June 3, 2015

    Design Lab named Runner-Up in Core 77 Design Awards

    SITU Studio is pleased to announce that Design Lab at New York Hall of Science was name Professional Runner -Up in the Design Education Initiatives category of the 2015 Core 77 Design Awards. Design Lab was chosen from among thousands of submissions for its outsanding insight, creativity, intent and execution.  The four-member jury, led by Mike Weiker, Director & Founder , Center for Social Design at MICA, had the following comments on Design Lab, "Each area fosters and promotes problem ideation, tinkering, testing, and displaying results which are the type of critical discovery and making that are central to the hall of science's mission."

    To view the Design Lab submission click here.

    In addition to the juried competition, this year's Core 77 Design Awards include a Community Choice Award - an honor voted upon by the global design community.  A winner will be selected in each of the 14 categories along with a Grand Prize winner for the project that receives the most votes. Voting is open June 3- June 22nd.

    To learn more and to cast your vote click here


    May 30, 2015

    Brad Samuels participates in IDEAS CITY panel organized by ETH Zurich and the Center for Architecture

    Brad Samuels joins a panel of artists including Tom Ackers, Leah Beeferman and Melanie Gilligan in a conversation entitled, "Invisible Ecologies" moderated by Leah Kelly, Research Associate at Rockefeller University. The panel, the second in a series organized by ETH Zurich and the Center for Architecture asks , "How invisitble ecologies can be represented and made visible and urgent?" The discussion will take place at 6:30 pm in the ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion at 33 East 1st Street and is part of IDEAS CITY 2015 New York City Festival for the Future taking place May 28-30 in various locations throughout the city.  

    This free event is currently SOLD OUT. Click here to be added to the wait list.

    To learn more about the IDEAS CITY festival visit

    May 15, 2015

    Aperiodix at ICFF May 16-19

    SITU Studio has once again teamed up with Oso Industries to further develop their Aperiodix cast-concrete 3-dimensional tile collection. The new Aperiodix II maintains the 2-dimensional pattern of the original, while introducing a raised, faceted surface. 

    The collection is on view at Oso Industries (booth 2436) at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, ICFF, taking place May 16-19 at the Javits Center. Aperiodix will also be on view at Country Floors (booth 2273) and at their New York Showroom.
    May 8, 2015

    SITU participates in BKLYN DESIGNS May 8-10

    SITU Studio is pleased to participate in BKLYN DESIGNS - Brooklyn's premier design event showcasing a cross section of design, architecture, and art- taking place May 8-10 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the design fair shines a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn and serves as an incubator for emerging designers as well as a platform for established brands producing a range of creative products. 

    Saturday, May 9th, SITU partner Bradley Samuels participates in a conversation entitled, Where Design Meets Manufacturing led by David Ehrenberg, President of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, along with several other design firms from the Yard including 10xBeta (Marcel Botha), Brooklyn Blast (Evan Eisman), Ferra Designs (Rob Ferraroni), and Nadia Belalia Designs (Nadia Belalia).  The conversation covers the space trends in the Yard, the growing design clusters, and how design businesses tap into the industrial ecosystem. This conversation is free for BKLYN DESIGNS attendees. 

    To learn more about BKLYN DESIGNS,  or to attend click here. 

    May 2, 2015

    SITU partner Bradley Samuels moderates post screening panel at Union Docs

    Saturday May 2nd documentary art center UnionDocs hosts a night of screenings co-presented by Urban Omnibus and featuring films that examine labor in the context of citymaking.  Natasha Raheja’s short film Cast in India (2014) sheds light on Howrah, a factory town just across the Hooghly River from India’s major port city of Kolkata (Calcutta), to witness the working lives of the men who produce those ubiquitous and iconic objects of the city. Maxim Pozdorovkin and Joe Bender’s Capital: A City Symphony (2010) looks to Astana, Kazakhstan — one of the world’s youngest capital cities — on its tenth anniversary in 2008.
    Following the screenings, Director of SITU Research Brad Samuels will sit down with filmmakers Maxim Pozdorovkin, Joe Bender, and Natasha Raheja to discuss labor, infrastructure, and what makes a city today.
    More information and tickets available here
    April 15, 2015

    SITU Partner Basar Girit to present at .Temp Architecture Manifesto Series

    SITU Partner Basar Girit participates in a presentation and conversation entitled, .TEMP Architecture, Building With-Out Consequences. Hosted by Storefront for Art and Architecture the event, part of the Manifesto Series, seeks to examine the role of temporary architecture today through a series of inquries into its value and the way it addresses challenges with respect to sustainability, social change and urbanization.  Fellow panelists include Izaskun Chinchilla, Adam Frampton, Jason Klimosky, Jing Liu, Ada Tolla, and Dong Ping Wong.
    To read more please visit the event page.  
    This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available to Storefront Members. If you would like to reserve a seat, email mw@storefrontnews.org
    April 15, 2015

    SITU designs installation for Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball 2015

    SITU Studio was invited to design and fabricate an installation for the Brooklyn Museum's 2015 Artists Ball.  Marking its fifth anniversary this year's fundraiser honors outgoing Museum Director Arnold Lehman along with artists Takashi Murakami, Kiki Smith and Jean-Michel Basquiat (posthumously.)  SITU envisioned an installation that will float above the dance floor in the Glass Pavilion entry during the Dance Party. The design seeks to alter the transparency of the Pavilion through the insertion of a large diaphanous scrim comprised of individual, vertical planes suspended from structural girders supporting the pavilion’s glass roof. The intervention will capture reflect and transmit event lighting choreographed by Ken Lapham in dynamic and playful ways that further amplify the dance party atmosphere.

    The event press release can be found here.

    March 18, 2015

    SITU partner Bradley Samuels participates in City Regenerative panel and discussion.

    SITU partner Bradley Samuels joins a panel of journalists, architects, designers, and public officials to discuss the impact of climate change on infrastructure and urban development, and the challenges we face as megacities expand and/or densify.  The event, entitled, City Regenerative is hosted by The National Academy Museum & School and co-sponsored by FXFOWLE.   Kenneth Schwartz, Favrot Professor and Dean, and Director, Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, Tulane School of Architecture serves as moderator.
    Ariella Cohen, Executive Editor and Interim Director, Next City
    Porie Sakia-Eapen, AIA, FCIOB, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Compliance, Metropolitan Transportation Authority NY
    Rob Eisenstat, AIA, Chief Architect, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
    Bradley Samuels, Partner, SITU Studio
    Jeffrey Shumaker, Chief Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning
    More information and RSVP here
    January 22, 2015

    SITU Studio to Design Brooklyn Museum Entry Areas in Connection with Technology Intiative

    SITU Studio is pleased to announce that we have been selected to redesign the Brooklyn Museum Entry Pavilion and Lobby. The project is part of Bloomberg Connects, a global initiative that provides funding for the development of Technology to increase access to cultural institutions and enrich visitor experiences. 

    The Brooklyn Museum Press Release may be found here. 

    January 12, 2015

    SITU Studio presents L+ at the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study at the New School hosted by the Architectural League of New York

    SITU will present L+ at the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study Presentations. The Architectural League program is a free public event co-sponsored by the Center for an Urban Future and hosted by the School of Media Studies at The New School, in partnership with the Parsons School of Constructed Environments.

    To RSVP and for more information, please visit here.

    More information about L+, a proposal for a new model of New York City outpost libraries, can be found here.