A Shelter for Architecture (SfA)

Photos by Costas Picadas and Sina B. Hickey

GIANY presents “A Shelter for Architecture” at the Consulate General of Greece in New York. “A Shelter for Architecture” will take place on Friday, April 15th, 2016, over a span of 5 hours, starting at 6 pm. During the event, the Consulate itself will become a shelter for architecture and a platform for exchange of ideas between architects, intellectuals, educators, and the general public. 

The evening will stage events ranging from architectural exhibitions to talks and presentations, artistic performances and installations. The three major components of the event will be DIALOGUES, COCOON and TECTONICS.

DIALOGUES will be a concise and fast-paced, multiple-speaker event, presented by interdisciplinary professionals, covering a widely diverse range of subjects in relation to the general discourse on shelter. COCOON will be an exhibition of the results of an open call for ideas on the notion of shelter as a minimum habitat. TECTONICS will be an exhibition of the professional work of GIANY members who currently live and practice in New York.

COMMONPLACE, a performance based installation project curated by Sozita Goudouna, will be also presented in the context of "A Shelter for Architecture". The project will unsettle our notions of shelter, by placing it to unfamiliar urban places

Shelter is one of the basic human needs, associated with the notion of protection – protection for a human body, a feeling, an identity, a culture, a religion or an idea. Cities like New York have been throughout their history a shelter for millions of immigrants. While refugees in the Mediterranean get displaced in boats in search of security and contemporary immigrants of the economic crisis flee to new countries, the concept of shelter becomes again so relevant. Shelter could be potentially any expression of architecture, as architecture embodies above all a primitive necessity for protecting and receiving. Architecture evolved from the practical need of a dwelling space to the emotional haven of a weekend house, from the minimum inhabitation footprint of emergency housing to the museum as a sanctuary for the arts. The concept of shelter is historically connected strongly with the architectural production and has been pivotal in every architect’s practice. “A Shelter for Architecture” will explore the idea of shelter as a concept.

April 15th 2016, 6:00 - 11:00PM

Event Venue
Consulate General of Greece in New York
69 East 79th Street

Constantine Bouras, Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, 
Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos, Dimitra Tsachrelia

Under the auspices of
Consulate General of Greece in New York

Sponsored by

Supported by
Hellenic American Technical Society

Blink Sparking Wine
Dougos Winery
Pieria Eratini Winery
Pi Bakerie
Souvlaki GR

Performance costumes by
Diane Von Furstenberg

Download the SfA schedule here

Download the SfA invitation here