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MKCA //

We are excited to announce that Normal Projects is now MKCA. We’ll be launching a brand new website this winter with some exciting new projects and research.

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MKCA //

We are excited to announce that Normal Projects is now MKCA. We’ll be launching a brand new website this winter with some exciting new projects and research.

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MKCA Profiled on Curbed //

Michael and the office are featured in a profile on Curbed, discussing our approach to design innovation, building craft, and urban living across many scales from micro housing to larger buildings and spaces.

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MKCA Profiled on Curbed //

Michael and the office are featured in a profile on Curbed, discussing our approach to design innovation, building craft, and urban living across many scales from micro housing to larger buildings and spaces.

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Five to One Apartment //

The 5:1 Apartment is the latest evolution of MKCA’s research on micro housing, containing the functional and spatial elements for living, working, sleeping, dressing, and entertaining, plus kitchen, dining, and bathing space within a compact 390 sf.

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Five to One Apartment //

The 5:1 Apartment is the latest evolution of MKCA’s research on micro housing, containing the functional and spatial elements for living, working, sleeping, dressing, and entertaining, plus kitchen, dining, and bathing space within a compact 390 sf.

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MKCA at Dwell on Design //

Michael is a featured panelist at Dwell Magazine’s Dwell on Design Conference, speaking about our small spaces and micro housing work in New York City. 

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MKCA at Dwell on Design //

Michael is a featured panelist at Dwell Magazine’s Dwell on Design Conference, speaking about our small spaces and micro housing work in New York City. 

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City by the Numbers //

MKCA’s Signal Space research and the vertical garden facade system from our East Side Townhouse will be exhibited as part of City By The Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future, a symposium and exhibition co-sponsored by Places Journal, and Pratt Institute. 

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City by the Numbers //

MKCA’s Signal Space research and the vertical garden facade system from our East Side Townhouse will be exhibited as part of City By The Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future, a symposium and exhibition co-sponsored by Places Journal, and Pratt Institute. 

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Upper West Side Mansion //

MKCA was commissioned to develop contemporary interior architecture concepts for the gut renovation of a historic 12,500 sf Beaux Arts mansion adjacent to Central Park.

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Upper West Side Mansion //

MKCA was commissioned to develop contemporary interior architecture concepts for the gut renovation of a historic 12,500 sf Beaux Arts mansion adjacent to Central Park.

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Vertical Garden Building Skin //

A planted and fully irrigated vertical garden facade system for our East Side Townhouse project executed in glazed slip-formed terra cotta and featuring native woodland plants and mosses from New York State.

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Vertical Garden Building Skin //

A planted and fully irrigated vertical garden facade system for our East Side Townhouse project executed in glazed slip-formed terra cotta and featuring native woodland plants and mosses from New York State.

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Partywall //

Part wallflower, part party animal. A transformable multiple personality appliance for entertaining with a few surprises up its sleeves.

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Partywall //

Part wallflower, part party animal. A transformable multiple personality appliance for entertaining with a few surprises up its sleeves.

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EAST SIDE TOWNHOUSE //

MKCA is in the process of substantially transforming a Landmarked 1870’s townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for a prominent international family’s use as their New York City residence.

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EAST SIDE TOWNHOUSE //

MKCA is in the process of substantially transforming a Landmarked 1870’s townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for a prominent international family’s use as their New York City residence.

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Signal Space //

SIGNAL SPACE, part of our CITY SENSING project, is an ongoing independent research initiative of the office’s, examining the historical relationship between antennas and the city.

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Signal Space //

SIGNAL SPACE, part of our CITY SENSING project, is an ongoing independent research initiative of the office’s, examining the historical relationship between antennas and the city.

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Gradient Building Skin //

The office is working with Boston Valley Terra Cotta on a custom production method to manufacture a glazed terra cotta rain screen system for our East Side Townhouse project.

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Gradient Building Skin //

The office is working with Boston Valley Terra Cotta on a custom production method to manufacture a glazed terra cotta rain screen system for our East Side Townhouse project.

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Chroma Kitchen //

Edible Moods // The Chroma Kitchen is a housework environment for urban home gardening and emotional health.

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Chroma Kitchen //

Edible Moods // The Chroma Kitchen is a housework environment for urban home gardening and emotional health.

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SEVEN CRISIS FABLES. JUNE 13 VAN ALEN BOOKS. //

Michael Chen will be giving a talk about the research and design work of the Crisis Fronts studio at Van Alen Books this Thursday, June 13 at 7:00pm. 30 West 22nd Street in Manhattan. Free and open to the public.

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SEVEN CRISIS FABLES. JUNE 13 VAN ALEN BOOKS. //

Michael Chen will be giving a talk about the research and design work of the Crisis Fronts studio at Van Alen Books this Thursday, June 13 at 7:00pm. 30 West 22nd Street in Manhattan. Free and open to the public.

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EXHIBITION: DESIGN FOR NORTH AMERICAN CITIES_NOW //

Designs for North American Cities Now brings together work from ten leading schools of architecture engaged in developing design research addressing the intersection of public policy, urban design, and emerging social, cultural, and technological trends of importance to the future of the American city.

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EXHIBITION: DESIGN FOR NORTH AMERICAN CITIES_NOW //

Designs for North American Cities Now brings together work from ten leading schools of architecture engaged in developing design research addressing the intersection of public policy, urban design, and emerging social, cultural, and technological trends of importance to the future of the American city.

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FUTURE BRONX(ES) //

Michael’s piece on the 2013 Crisis Fronts studio is featured on the Architectural League’s Urban Omnibus. The studio took on future infrastructures of social collectivism, logistical empires, opportunity gulfs new ecologies, and speculations about the future of the Bronx.

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FUTURE BRONX(ES) //

Michael’s piece on the 2013 Crisis Fronts studio is featured on the Architectural League’s Urban Omnibus. The studio took on future infrastructures of social collectivism, logistical empires, opportunity gulfs new ecologies, and speculations about the future of the Bronx.

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K-G DESK AND STORAGE SYSTEM //

The K-G Home Office is a custom modular desk, storage, display, and lighting system executed in laser sintered nylon, steel, and white oak.

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K-G DESK AND STORAGE SYSTEM //

The K-G Home Office is a custom modular desk, storage, display, and lighting system executed in laser sintered nylon, steel, and white oak.

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Michael Chen + Bracket at Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X //

Please join Michael, along with the editors of Bracket, Chris Perry, Geoff Manaugh, Fionn Byrne, Leigha Dennis, and Sergio Lopez-Pineiro at Studio-X New York tonight for the Bracket Goes Soft New York launch party and discussion. Feb 8, 2013, 6:30
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Michael Chen + Bracket at Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X //

Please join Michael, along with the editors of Bracket, Chris Perry, Geoff Manaugh, Fionn Byrne, Leigha Dennis, and Sergio Lopez-Pineiro at Studio-X New York tonight for the Bracket Goes Soft New York launch party and discussion. Feb 8, 2013, 6:30
Studio-X NYC.

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SIGNAL SPACE IN BRACKET [GOES SOFT] //

Our Signal Space research project tracking the infrastructure of mobile technologies, along with an article by Michael Chen tracing the historical relationship between antennas and urban form in New York City is featured in the current edition of Bracket [Goes Soft].

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SIGNAL SPACE IN BRACKET [GOES SOFT] //

Our Signal Space research project tracking the infrastructure of mobile technologies, along with an article by Michael Chen tracing the historical relationship between antennas and urban form in New York City is featured in the current edition of Bracket [Goes Soft].

K-G DESK PROTOTYPE //

The parts for our KG desk system have arrived and are ready to go! We love the contrast between the light 3D printed lattice and the crisp geometry of the laser cut and formed steel compartment. Stay tuned for final images of the installed piece.

K-G DESK PROTOTYPE //

The parts for our KG desk system have arrived and are ready to go! We love the contrast between the light 3D printed lattice and the crisp geometry of the laser cut and formed steel compartment. Stay tuned for final images of the installed piece.

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Architecture and Contemporary Urbanism Now Symposium //

Michael is a featured panelist at Pratt’s Institute’s Architecture and Contemporary Urbanism Now symposium with Jason Lee, Laurie Hawkinson, Winka Dubbeldam, Chris Perry, Toni Griffin, and Dagmar Richter.

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Architecture and Contemporary Urbanism Now Symposium //

Michael is a featured panelist at Pratt’s Institute’s Architecture and Contemporary Urbanism Now symposium with Jason Lee, Laurie Hawkinson, Winka Dubbeldam, Chris Perry, Toni Griffin, and Dagmar Richter.

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K-G DESK SLIDING DOOR //

We’ve just received the final full-scale prototype of the sliding doors in laser sintered nylon for our KG desk and shelving system. We’re super excited. Stay tuned for images of the completed piece this Fall.

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K-G DESK SLIDING DOOR //

We’ve just received the final full-scale prototype of the sliding doors in laser sintered nylon for our KG desk and shelving system. We’re super excited. Stay tuned for images of the completed piece this Fall.

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City Sensing + Signal Space at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture //

Normal Projects is pleased to announce that our Signal Space project which deals with tracking and visualizing the mobile communications infrastructure of New York City is one of the featured projects at at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture.

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City Sensing + Signal Space at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture //

Normal Projects is pleased to announce that our Signal Space project which deals with tracking and visualizing the mobile communications infrastructure of New York City is one of the featured projects at at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture.

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Unfolding Apartment //

Bigger than furniture; smaller than architecture. A 400 square foot transforming sleeping/cooking/entertaining/home office/storage/bar/studio apartment in Manhattan.

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Unfolding Apartment //

Bigger than furniture; smaller than architecture. A 400 square foot transforming sleeping/cooking/entertaining/home office/storage/bar/studio apartment in Manhattan.

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Photographer’s Loft //

A flexible live-work space and studio for a professional photographer in a former manufacturing building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan designed for shoots, screenings, demonstrations, and entertaining.

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Photographer’s Loft //

A flexible live-work space and studio for a professional photographer in a former manufacturing building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan designed for shoots, screenings, demonstrations, and entertaining.

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Aerated Apartment //

Green but not crunchy. A combination and renovation of two adjoining apartments in a prewar building for a professional couple and their young children looking not only for sustainable materials but design strategies that would encourage sustainable practices and lifestyles.

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Aerated Apartment //

Green but not crunchy. A combination and renovation of two adjoining apartments in a prewar building for a professional couple and their young children looking not only for sustainable materials but design strategies that would encourage sustainable practices and lifestyles.

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City Sensing //

Normal Projects is developing City Sensing a new website featuring our research and experiments in mapping, visualization, and sensing.

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City Sensing //

Normal Projects is developing City Sensing a new website featuring our research and experiments in mapping, visualization, and sensing.

Unfolding Apartment Coverage //

Our Unfolding Apartment project is enjoying some time in the media sun. You can see it featured on NY1 News on television in New York City and online. And look for us on HGTV and also NHK in Japan.

Unfolding Apartment Coverage //

Our Unfolding Apartment project is enjoying some time in the media sun. You can see it featured on NY1 News on television in New York City and online. And look for us on HGTV and also NHK in Japan.

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Culture Now_Cognitive Newark //

Michael and Jason Lee’s studio, Crisis Fronts is participating in The Culture Now Project, a design research initiative led by Thom Mayne at UCLA’s Department of Architecture engaged developing design research addressing the intersection of public policy, urban design, and emerging social, cultural, and technological trends of importance to the future of the American city.

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Culture Now_Cognitive Newark //

Michael and Jason Lee’s studio, Crisis Fronts is participating in The Culture Now Project, a design research initiative led by Thom Mayne at UCLA’s Department of Architecture engaged developing design research addressing the intersection of public policy, urban design, and emerging social, cultural, and technological trends of importance to the future of the American city.

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Plaza Apartment //

Classic New York Problem. An expecting couple approached us to create an extra bedroom in their Prospect Heights apartment.The solution is a nursery-library-home office-storage element for the couple and their newborn baby.

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Plaza Apartment //

Classic New York Problem. An expecting couple approached us to create an extra bedroom in their Prospect Heights apartment.The solution is a nursery-library-home office-storage element for the couple and their newborn baby.

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Claremont Apartment //

An apartment for a bachelor in Upper Manhattan. A clean sleeve of white oak elements is added containing a closet, a secret bar, bookshelves, and a cabinet for audiovisual equipment and gaming devices.

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Claremont Apartment //

An apartment for a bachelor in Upper Manhattan. A clean sleeve of white oak elements is added containing a closet, a secret bar, bookshelves, and a cabinet for audiovisual equipment and gaming devices.

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IDNY Presentation – GE Showroom, Wed July 27 //

Michael Chen presents recent work and research at the IDNY New York City Architecture and Design Meetup. GE Showroom.150 East 58th Street on July 27.

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IDNY Presentation – GE Showroom, Wed July 27 //

Michael Chen presents recent work and research at the IDNY New York City Architecture and Design Meetup. GE Showroom.150 East 58th Street on July 27.

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Signal Space on Urban Omnibus //

Signal Space, an article by Michael Chen, with maps and visualizations by Michael and Justin Snider and exploring the mobile telecommunications of New York City and its architectural and urban design implications is featured on The Architectural League’s website, Urban Omnibus.

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Signal Space on Urban Omnibus //

Signal Space, an article by Michael Chen, with maps and visualizations by Michael and Justin Snider and exploring the mobile telecommunications of New York City and its architectural and urban design implications is featured on The Architectural League’s website, Urban Omnibus.

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K Shelving //

Wall-hung shelving unit and organizer in laser cut and bent lacquered steel. A wide range of permutations are available based on strategic alignments of the creases. Only 45 degree cuts and folds are used, keeping fabrication costs low.

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K Shelving //

Wall-hung shelving unit and organizer in laser cut and bent lacquered steel. A wide range of permutations are available based on strategic alignments of the creases. Only 45 degree cuts and folds are used, keeping fabrication costs low.

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Fin Shelf //

The Fin Shelf is designed to house books in a space that is too narrow for a conventional bookcase. Holding the books at an acute angle not only makes the title on the spine more legible in a long hallway, but it also reduces the visual clutter of books in the space.

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Fin Shelf //

The Fin Shelf is designed to house books in a space that is too narrow for a conventional bookcase. Holding the books at an acute angle not only makes the title on the spine more legible in a long hallway, but it also reduces the visual clutter of books in the space.

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Lagoon Archipelagos //

A proposal for a lagoon flooding infrastructure for San Francisco Bay. A new reinforcing infrastructure of geo-textile tubes and levees lays the groundwork for a semi-rigid regional management and regulatory network within the projected flood zone.

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Lagoon Archipelagos //

A proposal for a lagoon flooding infrastructure for San Francisco Bay. A new reinforcing infrastructure of geo-textile tubes and levees lays the groundwork for a semi-rigid regional management and regulatory network within the projected flood zone.

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Michael Presents at Design and Existential Risk //

Michael Chen and Jason Lee will present a lecture as part of the Design and Existential Risk series at Parsons, The New School for Design, curated and moderated by Ed Keller.

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Michael Presents at Design and Existential Risk //

Michael Chen and Jason Lee will present a lecture as part of the Design and Existential Risk series at Parsons, The New School for Design, curated and moderated by Ed Keller.

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Night and Day // Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale //

Research and proposal for the Closed Area border zone between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, a zone that is at once largely empty and traversed by thousands of people every day through a vast and intricate managerial infrastructure.

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Night and Day // Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale //

Research and proposal for the Closed Area border zone between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, a zone that is at once largely empty and traversed by thousands of people every day through a vast and intricate managerial infrastructure.

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Water Extraction Prototype //

Normal Projects is providing art direction, design, and brand identity and market research to a startup engaged in developing a product that extracts and purifies water from the air for residential, commercial, and developing world and disaster applications.

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Water Extraction Prototype //

Normal Projects is providing art direction, design, and brand identity and market research to a startup engaged in developing a product that extracts and purifies water from the air for residential, commercial, and developing world and disaster applications.

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Ranch House Redux //

A gut renovation and interior design of a 1970s single family house in Northern California. A series of relatively dark and undistinguished formal spaces is transformed by substantially reconfiguring the existing ceilings within the existing roof lines.

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Ranch House Redux //

A gut renovation and interior design of a 1970s single family house in Northern California. A series of relatively dark and undistinguished formal spaces is transformed by substantially reconfiguring the existing ceilings within the existing roof lines.

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Vague Terrain //

Cognitive Maps and Database Urbanisms written by Michael Chen and Jason Lee and featuring the work of their Pratt Institute seminar and studio is published in Vague Terrain 13: CitySCENE

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Vague Terrain //

Cognitive Maps and Database Urbanisms written by Michael Chen and Jason Lee and featuring the work of their Pratt Institute seminar and studio is published in Vague Terrain 13: CitySCENE

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Janus Screen //

Janus Screen. Produced for Fendi to benefit the American Academy in Rome. Laser etched interlocking acrylic panels with algorithmically generated starling flocking pattern.

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Janus Screen //

Janus Screen. Produced for Fendi to benefit the American Academy in Rome. Laser etched interlocking acrylic panels with algorithmically generated starling flocking pattern.