Google headquarters, Mountain View, CA. Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio
Join Karen Wong, Deputy Director, at the new global headquarters of Kickstarter for a lively discussion about urbanism, sustainability and New York City with Joseph Grima, Director of the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY initiative and Co-artistic Director of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (October 2015); Bjarke Ingels, Founder of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); and Hamish Smyth. The Wall Street Journal recently recognized Ingels as “rapidly becoming one of the deisgn world’s rising stars” and heralded him as “Innovator of the Year” in 2011. Most recently, Ingels won the commission to design Google’s new international headquarters in Mountain View, California. Smyth recently restored and reissued the New York City Transit Authority’s Graphic Standards Manual and heads the design firm Pentagram.
This conversation will be hosted at the new offices of Kickstarter, located in a former pencil factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From porch posts made into table legs to seats from an old theater to roof trusses repurposed to form the framework of the courtyard, almost everything in the stunning Kickstarter offices has been reused or recycled. Sixty percent of the materials used in the construction of the building was sourced from within twenty miles.
State of the Art Discussions are lively conversations featuring New Museum curators that bring to light the pressing issues of art, ideas, and culture today. Discussions are open to Producers Council Members and above. Past State of the Art Discussions have featured participants such as Johanna Burton & Joseph Keckler, Lauren Cornell & Carter Cleveland, Richard Flood & Philippe Vergne, Massimiliano Gioni & Carsten Höller, and many more.