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(E) NYC Exhibition Includes Bridge in Rijeka
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  06/16/2003 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) NYC Exhibition Includes Bridge in Rijeka



The Van Alen Institute in New York City is presenting an exhibition on
"New Designs for Public Space" in its gallery. The exhibit includes the
new pedestrian bridge in Rijeka called Most branitelja which was
designed by a trio of Zagreb architects: Silvije Novak, Sasa Begovic i
Tatjana Grozdanic.

Set forth below is a press release concerning the exhibition.

John Kraljic


I walked on it few days ago. I felt like in Odyssey 2001. Only the year was2003.



May 30, 2003
Contact: Alan Brake
212 924 7000 x4, 

Van Alen Institute presents groundbreaking new public designs from six
continents Van Alen Institute presents "OPEN: new designs for public space" on June
12. This exhibition of contemporary public spaces, in development, under
construction, or recently completed, represents the most innovative architecture, landscape, and
urban design from cities across the globe. These projects reveal bold new attitudes and thinking
about how we live in cities today and in the future, looking at the intersections of
infrastructure, environment, transportation, recreation, culture, and tourism. The exhibit will be
open 12-6 M-F throughout the summer with special Saturday openings
(12-6) on June 14, and June 21. Lectures and related
programs will be announced at

"When 4000 New Yorkers said no to proposals for the World Trade Center
site in July 2002, they were saying yes to setting a higher standard for public space and
public life downtown and throughout the region. Public space is more important, and more
threatened, than ever, yet as this exhibit demonstrates in June 2003, cities all over the world are
designing and building extraordinary new public spaces. New York needs to seize this
opportunity to show it can do the same and better," says Raymond Gastil, Executive Director, Van Alen

The most celebrated urban spaces, places that contribute to creative metropolises, combine
large-scale operations and small-scale experiences, major infrastructure with recreation and
culture, and grand civic events with intimate daily interaction. Organized by VAI, with exhibition director Raymond Gastil and exhibitioncurator Zoė Ryan, "OPEN" draws on the expertise of leaders in art,
architecture, graphic and new media design, landscape, planning, community development, and policy who have convened at the Institute over the pastyear.

Projects from six continents and more than 20 cities are included in the exhibit, which also
features an "In the News" section on recent developments in New York's "parks to watch" and
recent competitions throughout North America from Memphis to Toronto, as
well as the temporary art installations that have radically transformed our sense of
how public space is used. Among the featured projects are:

· City Hall, Foster and Partners, London (completion 2002)
· National Opera House, Snųhetta, Oslo, Norway (2005)
· Ponte Parodi, UN Studio/Caroline Bos and Ben Van Berkel, Genoa, Italy (2005)
· Federation Square, Lab Architects, Melbourne, Australia (2002)
· Institute of Contemporary Art, Diller + Scofidio, Boston, Massachusetts (2005)
· Fourth Grace, Alsop Architects, Liverpool, UK (2007)
· Science Hub, Master Plan, Zaha Hadid Architecture, Singapore (2005)
· Chungmuro Intermedia Playground, Cho Slade Architecture with Kwang-soo Kim, Seoul, Korea (2002)
· Poplar Street, Walter Hood Design, Macon, Georgia (commissioned 1999)
· Favela-Bairro Project, Jorge Mario Jauregui Architects, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2002)
· Alameda El Porvenir, MGP Architecture and Urbanism (11 mile-long pedestrian avenue)Bogota, Colombia (2002)
· A13 Artscape, de Paor Architects, London, UK (1996-2005)
· Fairgrounds, Carmé Pinos, part of the new JVC city in Guadalajara, Mexico (2006)
· Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Hills, Gluckman Mayner Architects, Tokyo, Japan (2003)
· Southeast Coastal Park and Auditoriums, FOA, Barcelona, Spain (2004)
· Westergasfabriek Park, Gustafson Porter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2003)
· Mur Island, Acconci Studio, Graz, Austria (2003)
· Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Eisenman Architects, Berlin,Germany (2005)
· Memorial Bridge, 3LHD, Rijeka, Croatia (2002)
· Walter Sisulu Square, StudioMAS Architecture and Urban Design, Johannesburg, South Africa (2005)

"The exhibition shows projects from small interventions in previously
underutilized spaces, such as a media center in a subway and an artificial island in a river, to
large urban projects like an 11-mile pedestrian and cycle path with
gathering spaces and a major cultural center that
provides a new meeting ground in the heart of the city," says Zoė Ryan,
the exhibition curator.
"The projects prove that public space is still a critical and thriving
aspect of city life and one in which new approaches to design are
fostering interaction and exploration." The designs are
organized into five themes: The New Meeting Grounds, Active Memory, The
Plaza Unbound,
Information in Place, and Opening the City.

Projects will be presented with hundreds of images, plans, drawings, documentary film, digital
animations and models, some of which have been specially commissioned for the exhibition, in
a design developed collaboratively by two emerging firms, Freecell (exhibition design) and Flat
(exhibition graphic design). A related program of lectures and events will occur throughout the
summer and fall. Check for details.

The exhibition has been made possible by support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and
The Stephen A. and Diana L. Goldberg Foundation. A catalogue will be published in fall 2003
thanks to the support of ConEdison.

Address: Van Alen Institute
30 W 22 Street, 6th Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Hours: Monday - Friday 12-6pm (check for extended hours)
Admission: FREE
About Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture
Van Alen Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving design in the public realm
through a program of exhibitions, competitions, publications, lectures, and forums. Based in
New York, the Institute initiates interdisciplinary collaborations between designers, students,
educators, community leaders, and the public. 30 W 22 Street, New York, NY 10010;   ; 212 924-7000.

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