playing serious catch up from the 10 day excursion with mutated strep throat from hell. but...
design activism project has gotten way unwieldly. henry sanoff, community participation guru came and laid the smack down b/c we met w/ him a little prematurely b4 our ideas and designs really got more developed...a little discouraging. then we got re-energized after visiting tent city witnessing their enthusiasm and hearing that actually a communal structure or a portable shower would be most useful rather than individual tents. still excited...TIC TOC time is seriously winding down and the pressure is upon us...to do this design charette for the structure. the sleep out on red square :
has raised some questions about whether it could jepoardize tent-city's chances of coming to UW. sooo...we might need to reevaluate that if its counterproductive.
thesis forms due next week. need to filter through my 20,000 questions. basically i want to continue the magic of design activism class. what is activist architecture? what is the evidence of it, why does built subversive work in the public realm become "art" instead of architecture? where is the blurred line btw. art and arch.? what is the scope of activist architecture...what is the spectrum? is there a matrix like there is in other disciplines like youth leadership in orgs . or arts based community development? if not, can i create one based on my research? what kind of methodology?? should there be some peripheral design component? i am interested in testing these ideas of "activist architecture" as a research methodology...anyway, basically i need to get a ph.d. but what little piece can i look tackle now. this is a life long investigation.
salivating about furniture studio in the summer. i made this in a furniture studio las summer, can't wait to do another piece this summer...except not out of a tropical hardwood....thats a no no.