The 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, this year sparked new debate about the future of the iconic New York State Pavilion. It’s one of four sites around New York city explored in Platform Project 2014, a collaborative broadsheet authored by 21 SVA Design Research and Writing Summer Intensive participants, with critic-editor-curator Mimi Zeiger (@loudpaper) and designer Neil Donnelly.
Over the course of two weeks, program participants visited the former American Folk Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art; Penn Station/Madison Square Garden; and the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, in addition to the New York State Pavilion in Queens. At each location, teams investigated the sites’ cultural significance in a larger context. Questions arose: What makes a place? What fuels our obsession with preservation? What did our future look like from the past? Project participants took to Twitter from June 2 – 13, opening the conversation up to the public. Platform offers a snapshot of the resulting dialogue, organized around the themes of Inside/Outside, Preserve/Destroy, Rewind/Fast Forward and Use/Abuse.
“The pavilion is not losing aura as it gets weathered. The labour of the elements and the age add to its monumentality,” reads one tweet.
“Spotted at 50th and 6th ave: hot dog carts and Mr. Softee trucks are the new American folk art,” reads another.
The release of Platform 2014 coincided with the introduction of the new MA in Design Research, Writing and Criticism at SVA, which charts the cutting edge of design practice and responds to significant developments in the media landscape. Platform is available to read online here.