“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,” claim the curators of the exhibit currently on view in the BEB Gallery. Julia van den Hout (founder of Original Copy, and co-founder and Editor of CLOG), Kevin Erickson (KNE studio and an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois), and Kyle May (Kyle May, Architect and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of CLOG) conceived of five project briefs and solicited work from five architecture practices, including RISD Architecture faculty Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis (Ultramoderne) and Carl Lostritto, in each category. The curators limited the content of each proposal to a specifically sized model. The curators note that, “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.”
On October 3rd, the curators were joined by Forrest, Lostritto, Vobis, and Nathan Rich of Peterson Rich Office as they gave a talk about four of the projects. The ensuing discussion covered topics ranging from the role of humor in an architectural design process, the nature of a curatorial practice, and the power of the model.
The 5×5 Exhibit is currently on view in the BEB Gallery.
Spring 2017 Events
- February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
- March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
- February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
- March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
- March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
- April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
- April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
- May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association
- RT @HansyBetter: #Architect as Initiator,#Architect as Detective, #Architect as Advocate, Join me on 10/28 at MIT @RISDARCH https://t.co/eQ5mv9cIMU,
- .@hansybetter+BR+A+CE create "Tilt-Down Fence" a public art exhibit in Fields Corner https://t.co/poFcZkjevt via @bostonherald,
- RT @risd: .@RISDARCH is working to complete SouthLight, a summer design-build project @SCCRI1 https://t.co/leEtHJwqA8 https://t.co/z1VkusjsuZ,
- RT @spfortunato: Planting in progress at Southside Cultural Center! @ProvidenceACT @LISCRhodeIsland @RISDARCH @RILatinoStories & more https://t.co/nx2euXEmAt,
- B.Arch alumnus @hamedbukhamseen on the Kuwaiti Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale https://t.co/J6W6oiZjVs,
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