New Practices in Conversation: Citygroup

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In conjunction with the New Practices New York exhibition, the AIANY New Practices Committee is hosting a series of salon-style programs featuring the six winners of the competition's last cycle. New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as New York City’s preeminent platform to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. Each event in the series will feature a stimulating conversation between the firm principals and an invited architect or critic, highlighting the range of work and approaches to practice among the winners. 


About the Firm:
Citygroup (not Citigroup) is a collective of architects and artists committed to using their professional skills to defend the city as a place of inhabitation for all people. Located in a storefront on the Lower East Side, the collective challenges the structural and cultural forces that shape the normative practices of architecture. Citygroup recognizes that architecture is frequently beholden to conservative authority, both economic and political, and recognizes that today’s architectural profession may not be able to confront the global housing crisis or protect the city from unbridled profit-driven development. As a collective, they are unwilling to defer to the status quo and believe they must interrogate the conditions that subjugate, alienate, and appropriate architecture. This monumental task is pursued through design projects, exhibitions, installations, and discussions. Participation defines membership in Citygroup, as they seek to value the authorship of the collective over that of the individual. Unlike a conventional architectural practice, there are no principal architects. Through deliberation, and occasionally contentious discourse, the collective establishes an enclave for the production of theory and strategy that supports an alternative approach to architecture and a life of dignity for everyone in the city.

Series Events:
Wednesday, 11/16, 6:30–8pm: New Affiliates
Wednesday, 11/30, 6:30–8pm: GRT Architects
Friday, 12/2, 6:30–8pm: Citygroup
Tuesday, 12/6, 6:30–8pm: Bryony Roberts Studio
Thursday, 12/8, 6:30–8pm: ANY
Wednesday, 1/12, 6:30–8pm: BRANDT : HAFERD

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