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June 17 - 30, 2021


Architecture of Insecurity

37-39 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 

New York, NY - Space 776 is pleased to present Architecture of Insecurity, an exhibition that finds beauty in the physicality and practicality of spaces by STUDIO KYSH— a collaborative architecture endeavor based in New York City.  


During its rapid growth in the late 1800s, New York City formed most of its current modern city fabric. As a city of immigrants with its own cultural insecurity, New York borrowed the architectural style of its diverse ancestral European roots in an attempt to create a historic urban context. This European influence, combined with the advancing construction technology / socioeconomic factors of the time, forged a unique architectural environment. Architectural elements of different origins, whether ornamental or functional, were melded together into idiosyncratic yet cohesive New York buildings. The Insecurity of the new city became the drive to develop a new identity.

This Architecture of Insecurity is an ongoing phenomenon with diverse cultural influences here in New York City, and is the research focus of STUDIO KYSH—. Based on field-surveyed data, the studio’s work extracts the formal essence of generic building façades in their pure form without any material properties. In Gottfried Semper’s sense of symbolic “metabolism”, the work mimics and exaggerates the architectural evolution of the city by displacing and fragmenting the buildings and architectural elements from their origin and context. Their work is to pose more questions about the urban landscape that surrounds us. Does the reassembly of the architectural fragments give us an extreme New York City? With further abstraction, what do they become?

STUDIO KYSH— is an architectural design studio based in New York City. Since its inception in 2018, the studio has been investigating the urban conditions of its immigrant home, New York City. The complex urban landscape of New York City is a source of inspiration to inform their dialect of architecture.


* This exhibition is funded by KAIA (Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement), an affiliate of the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.


*All survey drawings are contributed by the students of the Hongik University School of Architecture during their participation in the Architecture of Insecurity drawing workshop led by STUDIO KYSH—.






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