Christoph a. Kumpusch of Forward-slash ( / ) Architektur has donated this risograph print, drawn from a proposal designed to provide a new form of equity to NYC’s East Village.

 

According to Kumpusch, "Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood had been designated an undesirable area through redlining—a racist Great Depression era policy—which divided the city into several zones of differing desirability based on segregationist mechanisms. As a result, the neighborhood received much lower funding and maintenance from the city, which left its built environment to degrade. Over time, however, the community members of the neighborhood have come together under Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) cooperatives and repaired, reorganized, and reinvested in the houses, apartments, and public areas of the neighborhood, and made it one of the most desirable areas in the city for both residents and businesses." 

 

He adds: "The HDFC 534 Co-living,Co-working & Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) project is located on East 11th Street in the neighborhood, just north of the politically historic Tompkins Square Park, which both embodies and argues for the preservation and promotion of the spirit and typology of community driven/shaped built environments. Once a 6-story walk-up apartment building, the units on the upper floors were much less preferred for those with mobility constraints, which prevented the elderly community members from residing in those units. With the simple addition of the elevator through the building, however, each unit becomes equally accessible, allowing the building to be designated as a NORC."

 

Christoph A. Kumpusch is the director of Forward-slash, a multidisciplinary practice founded in 2008, and the head of Back-slash, the experimental arm of Forward-slash ( / ), investigating technology and material effects on humanity, form and tectonics. It grounds its work in a concentrated research program focused on architectural details and the spawning of new buildings from the smallest parts outward. A theoretical project runs parallel to this work, identifying historical and cultural contexts triggered by detail and societal innovation. The office is both a design and publishing outfit, producing essays, books, exhibitions, installations, podcasts, performances, films, and buildings.


DESIGNER/

Forward-slash ( / ) Architektur

DATE/

August 2020

MATERIALS/

Chalkboard black and risographic ink, collaged metal leaf on 300gsm/140lbs cold pressed paper

DIMENSIONS/

30 x 40 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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Christoph a. Kumpusch HDFC Funfactory Risograph Print; Unique, Signed $500>

Christoph a. Kumpusch of Forward-slash ( / ) Architektur has donated this risograph print, drawn from a proposal designed to provide a new form of equity to NYC’s East Village.

 

According to Kumpusch, "Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood had been designated an undesirable area through redlining—a racist Great Depression era policy—which divided the city into several zones of differing desirability based on segregationist mechanisms. As a result, the neighborhood received much lower funding and maintenance from the city, which left its built environment to degrade. Over time, however, the community members of the neighborhood have come together under Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) cooperatives and repaired, reorganized, and reinvested in the houses, apartments, and public areas of the neighborhood, and made it one of the most desirable areas in the city for both residents and businesses." 

 

He adds: "The HDFC 534 Co-living,Co-working & Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) project is located on East 11th Street in the neighborhood, just north of the politically historic Tompkins Square Park, which both embodies and argues for the preservation and promotion of the spirit and typology of community driven/shaped built environments. Once a 6-story walk-up apartment building, the units on the upper floors were much less preferred for those with mobility constraints, which prevented the elderly community members from residing in those units. With the simple addition of the elevator through the building, however, each unit becomes equally accessible, allowing the building to be designated as a NORC."

 

Christoph A. Kumpusch is the director of Forward-slash, a multidisciplinary practice founded in 2008, and the head of Back-slash, the experimental arm of Forward-slash ( / ), investigating technology and material effects on humanity, form and tectonics. It grounds its work in a concentrated research program focused on architectural details and the spawning of new buildings from the smallest parts outward. A theoretical project runs parallel to this work, identifying historical and cultural contexts triggered by detail and societal innovation. The office is both a design and publishing outfit, producing essays, books, exhibitions, installations, podcasts, performances, films, and buildings.


DESIGNER/

Forward-slash ( / ) Architektur

DATE/

August 2020

MATERIALS/

Chalkboard black and risographic ink, collaged metal leaf on 300gsm/140lbs cold pressed paper

DIMENSIONS/

30 x 40 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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