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RECESS

Proposal for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2017

 

RECESS is about agency and urgency.

RECESS celebrates the fact that for the first time in generations Americans en masse and on many fronts are challenging the established value systems and demanding a better future.

RECESS revisits the many visions of utopia that young architects contributed to the social revolutions of the 1960s.

RECESS is a call to action for architects to take an active role in imagining alternatives to the existing status quo and its environmental and social impacts and to get in involved in the social movements of today.

RECESS is a performative architecture that gets activated through use.

RECESS references the history of PS1 as a public school.

RECESS appropriates construction materials and systems and, after using them for the duration of the summer, puts them back into circulation as part of the rental economy.

RECESS lets adults play.

RECESS is a social infrastructure.

RECESS claims that architecture can and should be political.

RECESS examines how we play and what it means to play not just as a distraction but as a way of understanding who we are in the world.

RECESS posits that plant-based, renewable and biodegradable materials will be indispensable in helping tackle the ecological questions of our time and will test their application as building elements plugged into a framework of scaffolding.

RECESS is fun.

RECESS is consciously nostalgic and ridiculously optimistic.

RECESS is about people.

RECESS has five courtyards carved out of a mass of rented scaffolding, each one inspired by a different utopian idea: Superstudio’s ‘Endless Monument’, Palle Nielsen’s ‘The Model’, Constant’s ‘New Babylon’, the Situations’ critique, and Cedric Price’s ‘Fun Palace’. 

 

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