IN THE WORKS

Winter 2018

Evidence: Visualizing Urban Divides is a crowd-sourced, interactive photo exhibition that interrogates the ubiquity of division in the contemporary city. As urbanization and economic inequality reach record levels, our cities are seeing amplified gentrification, ghettoization, and unprecedented camp formations. Physical manifestations of inequality or difference, urban divides are becoming more pervasive. Yet in the public imagination, they are often perceived as symptoms of conflict or of a failed society- not characteristics of our own neighborhoods. By juxtaposing photography of iconic divides with everyday urban conditions, this exhibition challenges that assumption, arguing that in fact it is the Utopian undivided city that is a myth. Every city is divided, and often not by a simple line. A complement to the explorations in the Yale Architectural Journal, Perspecta 50: Urban Divides, this exhibition investigates the spatial and architectural actors of urban divides, reassessing division as a ubiquitous mechanism of urbanism.
 
Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal is the oldest student-edited architectural journal in the United States, is internationally respected for its contributions to contemporary architectural discourse with original presentations of new projects as well as historical and theoretical essays.

2018

Space Program is a research and design studio that explores how space is made for living and working today. This year we will be based in the San Francisco, which pioneered the info-society and is the hotbed for disruptive ideas. We will focus on the workspace and its transformation from cubicle to bean bag, from white collar to t-shirt, from a professional to a personalised environment. Today your personality is part of your job, which has changed the nature of the workspace.
The program will focus on how the design of the workspace can change the basis for our human relationships by designing our own architectural response. Together we will do a critical reading of the history and current condition of the workspace in order to gain a deeper understanding of its limitations and opportunities for how we work, both together and apart. We aim to acquire new perspectives through interdisciplinary discussions, and through writing, drawings and images, we will design models that become manuals for how to understand space.
Space Program San Francisco is made up of two distinct parts, a two-week workshop and a conference. All workshop participants will also be invited to take part in the conference, where invited guests from variety of fields will share their views on the workspace. The conference gives an opportunity to discuss the ideas and design developed during the workshop with a broad range of expert professionals and academics.

2018

Fresh World is a Hip Hop Fantasy universe that exists mostly in my head!

2017

Architecture debates are rubbish. We've all been there:
a panel of similar people with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy.
 
Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of free debates will rugby tackle six fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to ferment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.
Turncoats is a project by Phineas Harper, Robert Mull and Maria Smith supported by the CASS and the Architecture Foundation.

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