5x5 Exhibit: Participatory Provocations Submission
Traveling Exhibition: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Rhode Island School of Design.
2016 - 2017
Press: Architect Magazine
Photography: Brant Miller & JKURTZ
Daylight for 13 days,
Starlight for 13 days.
A Lunar Resort
No media, no brand, no identity;
Real luxury is affording nothing,
A foggy drizzle, against sharp grey;
We have always been in the business of assembling qualities.
A resort of material,
Nature on command.
Nestled in the edge of a crater,
Gazing back at earth;
The ultimate aerial, omniscience, control;
If we can model atmosphere under a black sky.
5x5 website text:
5x5: Participatory Provocations is an exhibit of 25 architectural models by 25 young American architects.
5 contemporary issues, each addressed by 5 firms.
Architecture as a profession struggles to simultaneously engage with the public and be provocative within the confines of its own field. Either arguments and proposals get “dumbed down” or they simply aren’t accessible or relevant.
This exhibit argues for participatory criticism - identifying a series of significant popular issues, creative minds taking clear stances and then producing a physical expression or provocation that is then made available to the public.
The avant-garde in architecture has for decades captured its imaginations via two-dimensional representations, but this exhibit asks architects to be just as provocative in three dimensions. The selected topics intend to provoke, but are grounded in issues we face today: a growing income gap, immigration, globalization, technology’s impact on our lives, surveillance, and power.
Architecture has a seat at each discussion.