#ONTHEDC: On the “Threshold” of the Architectural League of NY’s Annual Beaux Arts Ball

By lexy


The Architectural League of New York’s annual Beaux Arts Ball will be back again this Friday, bringing together over 1,000 architects, designers, artists and friends to celebrate architecture, design, and urbanism. If you haven’t attended the gathering before, here’s the run-down: Each year, the event is hosted in a different, beautiful, interesting space, and highlights a specific theme relevant to the design and architecture world. The themes are punctuated by specially curated installations by artists, designers, or architects both as a visual treat for the guests, and to stimulate critical conversation – the latter being one of the organization’s primary missions.

This year’s Beaux Arts Ball will be hosted in Queens’ Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot restored factory featuring 40-foot ceilings, and an intricate arrangement of brick, steel, and heavy timber. Originally built in 1903, the Knockdown Center – named for the Knock-Down door frame invented at the site in 1956 – has evolved to serve different functions over the century, from a glass factory, to a door factory, to its current use as a cultural event space. The rich history of this industrial building has inspired the theme of this year’s ball: Threshold – which also references the kick-off of the cultural year. Three site-specific installations will be created by MODU (Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem with interactive consulting by Eric Forman), Moorhead & Moorhead (Granger Moorhead and Robert Moorhead), and Alibi Studio (Catie Newell) to address the concept. Per usual, proceeds from the event will go towards funding the Architectural League of New York’s year-round activities to nuture, promote, and open a dialog regarding the current architecture and design landscape. Drinks and light fare will be served.

Date: September 18, 2015

Time: 10pm-2am

Location: Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens

Tickets: Purchase here for $100

Get social: #BAB15


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