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outside in, van alen institute, the duke on 42nd streetOutside In, presented in partnership with Van Alen Institute. The Duke on 42nd Street, May 19, 2014. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto for @TSqArts


Outside In

May 19, 2014;  7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street® project
229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues

This film screening draws on a range of cinematic approaches to examine the links between environment, sensory experience, and well-being. The selected films take us on a journey through varied urban landscapes—from the density of Times Square to the sublime views of San Francisco, from digital mines in contemporary Ghana to the instant cities of contemporary China—offering poignant observations on the visual and sonic stimuli around us.

The screening is followed by a discussion with Paul Dallas, writer and curator; Jeff Risom, Partner, Head of Gehl Institute at Gehl Architects; Sukhdev Sandhu, Associate Professor of English, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University; and Mabel Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University’s GSAPP.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Drinks are served prior to the screening.

Films (curated by Paul Dallas):

45 7 Broadway (Tomonari Nishikawa, 2013, 5 min): A mini city symphony that provides a visual analogue to the sensory overload of contemporary Times Square.

A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco (Andy Black and Sam Green, 2013, 13 min): A whimsical study of one of San Francisco’s defining features is an existential inquiry into the ways natural phenomena dramatically affect mood and our sense of place.

Lettres du Voyant (Louis Henderson, 2013, 40 min): This documentary-fiction hybrid set in contemporary Ghana traverses the mining of underground mineral deposits and mining of data from electronic waste to uncover hidden geographies across post-colonial, digital, and urban space.

The Human Scale (Andreas Dalsgaard, 2012, 56 min): Visiting cities in Europe, Asia, and the United States, this wide-ranging documentary explores the influential ideas of Danish architect and planner Jan Gehl, known for his study of human behavior in cities, to consider how design can account for our perception of scale and its profound influence on individual and collective well-being.

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outside in, van alen institute, the duke on 42nd streetOutside In, presented in partnership with Van Alen Institute. The Duke on 42nd Street, May 19, 2014. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto for @TSqArts

outside in, van alen institute, the duke on 42nd streetOutside In, presented in partnership with Van Alen Institute. The Duke on 42nd Street, May 19, 2014. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto for @TSqArts


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About Van Alen Institute

Van Alen Institute is dedicated to promoting innovative thinking about the role of architecture and design in civic life. Since its founding in 1894, Van Alen has shaped the public conversation and brought design excellence to sites and cities across the United States and beyond. Its widely influential legacy of competitions includes Public Property: An Ideas Competition for Governors Island (1996), which kicked off an international conversation about Governors Island and its redevelopment as a public resource. The winning entry of TKTS2K: A Competition to Design a New York Icon (1999) was constructed as the iconic TKTS booth in Times Square, reactivating public space at the busiest pedestrian intersection in New York City. Today, Van Alen continues to develop design competitions, research, and public programs that explore the cultural, political, ecological, and economic forces that activate the built environment. Learn more at www.vanalen.org.

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About The New 42nd Street

Building on the foundation of seven historic theaters, The New 42nd Street leads the dynamic evolution of the reinvented 42nd Street, cultivating a unique New York City cultural and entertainment destination through its three projects: The New Victory Theater, a performing arts theater devoted to kids and families; the New 42nd Street® Studios, a state-of-the-art, 10-story performing arts complex for rehearsal, performance and arts administration; and The Duke on 42nd Street, an intimate black-box theater. An independent, nonprofit organization, The New 42nd Street is committed to the transformational power of the arts. http://www.new42.org