Photo: Ed Hedemann.


Peace Pentagon Competition Awards Announcement

Peace Pentagon Competition: A Call to Action received a tremendous response. 128 entries were submitted from all over the world. These proposals include many different approaches to the challenges of the site and program. Friends of 339, the competition’s sponsoring organization, has been impressed by both the quality and creative energy of the submissions and views this output to be an integral part of the ongoing fight to re-build this building for future generations of peace and social justice activists. Photos of the proposals that received prizes and honorable mentions are posted here.


Jurors: Markus Schulte, Deborah Gans, DeeDee Haleck, Martha Rosler, Michael Sorkin, Karla Rothstein, Nato Thompson and William Menking.


Jury Awards
ATP Sphere GmbH, Innsbuck, Austria, First Prize, (1 of 3),US$2,333.00.
Maureen Connor/ Institute for Wishful Thinking, New York, USA, First Prize (1 of 3),
US$ 2,333.00.
Benoit Streicher, Michel Sikorski, Strasbourg, France, First Prize (1 of 3), US$ 2,333.00.
Sergey Pospelov, Vladimir Belskiy, Ildar Valishin & Elena Fedorova, Moscow, Russia, Third Prize (1 of 2), US$ 500.00.
Graham Thompson, Dublin, Ireland, Third Prize (1 of 2), US$ 500.00.


Honorable mentions:
JSPY Architecture, Jersey City, USA.
Ashton Porter Architects, London, UK.
New World Architects, New York, USA.
Architectenaanhetij, J.A. Schepman & A.C. de Buck, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Tony Bourgaran & Kevin Bian, Rennes, France.
Jason Allen, Nash Hurley & Gerald Del Priore, Brooklyn, USA.
Steffen Neumann, Johannes Wegner & Lamin Cham, Hannover, Germany.
Heejoo Shi & Kyung Jae Kim, New York, USA.
Ines Catarino Cabrita & Miguel Fevereiro, Estoril, Portugal.
Paolo Galantini, Pisa, Italy.


Past Events


April 17, 2010
Please join us for a walking tour to visit our exhibition locations and learn more about the radical history of the Lower East Side.
Meet up at 12 noon at 339 Lafayette.

March 15 - April 30, 2010
The Peace Pentagon Competition Exhibition is on view at 4 locations that cover different thematic groups of entries:
NYPL Mulberry St Branch: Message, White and Light.  This branch is located at Mulberry and Jersey Streets approx 1/2 block south of Houston. Models from several schemes are also on display at this location. The library is open until 8pm on Monday and Wednesday  and the exhibition continues throughout the building.
ABC No Rio: Nature and Repurposing Ships, Planes and Tanks, 156 Rivington St.
Common Room: Emblem, 465 Grand Street.
McNally Jackson Books: Repurposing Ships Planes and Tanks, 52 Prince St.

At 339 Lafayette, to publicize the exhibition in the neighborhood, we have done an 80'  lettering installation in the 3rd floor windows which asks, "How can a building mobilize for peace and justice?" and lists the exhibition locations.

February 23, 2010
Join us for a Presentation of the Winning Projects at the Center For Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place, NY, New York

October 21, 2009
Peace Pentagon Procession to Storefront For Art and Architecture

On October 21 we held a procession in support of the Peace Pentagon Competition: A Call to Action from 339 Lafayette to Storefront symbolically linking the 339 building, a historic center for peace and justice, to its broader community, which includes Storefront and socially engaged artists. The competition seeks proposals that empower the building to act publicly for peace and justice, so we were marching to express the effect the building can have on its environment.

Activists from 339 Lafayette aka the Peace Pentagon marched as a group to show the neighborhood who they are. With a Rude Mechanical Orchestra, the Yes Men’s SurvivaBall and an illuminated model of the buildings façade, we moved from the building toward many neighbors that are relevant to the history and struggles of the neighborhood: we walked on Bleecker past the Yippee Cafe, on Bowery past the Bowery Residents Committee, the former CBGB, the Liz Christy (Green Guerillas) Garden, the New Museum and the Bowery Mission ... through Storefront’s façade for a blessing by Reverend Billy.

Participating organizations from 339 Lafayette included: Friends of 339, Paper Tiger Television, War Resisters League Local, Deep Dish Television, the Socialist Party, Healthcare NOW and past tenant, REPOhistory.

Photos of the event are posted here.