This project focused on designing for protest. Inherently disruptive and unsanctioned, the site was chosen to maximize exposure of the marchers. As a collective human event, Black Lives Matter protests are for and about marginalized people, specifically advocating for black lives taken by mostly white police officers.
Making of Design Principles
Critic: Jonathan Scelsa
In Making of Design Principles I responded to unacceptable social conditions and the resulting unrest in my hometown through architecture
Exploded axon maps the stages of formal development- initial mapping of sightlines from private residence windows, creation of frames on street, mapping of public exposure, and the resultant structure inhabiting the least visible space (to encourage maximum visibility for the on street protesters).
The structure exists in the least exposed areas in the corridors- determined after a mapping of the sightlines of the neighboring windows. It is an ancillary space that wraps the street- acting as a megaphone for a mobile protest.
The building itself is a protest, arguing that protesting institutions worthy of structure. The building houses support services such as bathrooms, seating, translation and health services, to make protesting possible for people of all identities who otherwise would not be capable of attending.
initial models exploring tension and suspension