5×5: Participatory Provocations explores the role of architecture and architects in providing critical commentary on present-day issues. The show presents twenty-five architectural models by twenty-five young American architects responding to significant contemporary topics including immigration (the proposed US-Mexico border wall), surveillance (the use of drones), off-world tourism (luxury vacations to the Moon) and the relationship between urban densification and the commercially-driven development of high-rise residential complexes. Drawing from the long tradition of ‘paper’ architecture intending to provoke discussion and debate around controversial ideas, 5×5: Participatory Provocations encourages participatory criticism as an increasingly relevant form of practice that can sit alongside more conventional forms of architectural expression. Participating architects and studios include Archive of Affinities, Platform for Architecture + Research, Snarkitecture, Studio Cadena, and Ultramoderne.
China’s nightclub scene emerged in the early 1990s as a crucial place for collective gathering, quickly becoming a new meeting place for intellectuals and artists where radical ideas and thoughts could be freely exchanged.
Today, Chen Wei has painstakingly researched, recreated and photographed a visual archive of '90s Chinese club culture in an effort to document these revolutionary settings
Critic, curator, editor and provocateur Mimi Zeiger has written three books on tiny houses. Now, she turns to utopia: how do speculative fictions and futurisms drive architecture? Her hometown of Los Angeles is a case in point, a depository of radical dreams, be it Afro-Futurism or a promise of downtown walkability
Carine Thévenau documents and examines deserted playground relics of the Japanese 1980s financial boom (and bust). The abandoned structures create a visual silence, allowing room for curiosity and critical thought. This interval, referred to as “Ma” in Japanese philosophy, is defined as a space between, or a pause that enables space for emotion, thought and life to pass through it