Saturday, May 22, 2021

Building Culture: Community Conversation


Saturday, May 22, 2021

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


The Queens Museum, New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

Please join us for a community conversation in conjunction with the current Queens Museum exhibition and culmination of the year-long Unit 25: Building Culture, a transdisciplinary graduate design studio at the Spitzer School of Architecture.

This in-person conversation will delve into the research and speculative design work of the students currently showing at the Queens Museum. Over the course of a year, the architecture students have engaged with various space-based cultural initiatives in Central Queens that are leading the charge to create a city that cares about education, health, housing, work, and play. The cohort of students will be joined by their community partners to think about the ways in which architecture as social practice can become integrated in ongoing claims for equity and justice.

Invited Panelists 
Francisco Texaco, Worker Rights Associate, New Immigrant Community Empowerment.
Carlos Martinez, Deputy Director, Green Thumb, NYC Parks and Recreation.
Memo Salazar, Founding Member, Western Queen Community Land Trust.
Natalie Milbrodt, Director, Queens Memory Project.

Nandini Bagchee, Unit Leader, Architect & Associate Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture.
Vyjayanthi Rao, PhD, Unit Leader, Adjunct Associate Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture.
Nicolas Losi, Unit Collaborator, Adjunct Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture.

Caitlin McManus, Christian Coronel, David Ruiz, Dax Masiglat, Deidre Nolan, Henry Aguilar-Morales, Hito Rodriguez, Krystal Kaler, Nick Wu, Pedro Cruz Cruz, Victor Gorlach, and Yoo Jin Jang.

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