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Territory

THE RIGHT OF WAY IS THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
Toronto, Canada

DREDGESCAPING TOLEDO

Toledo, USA

EN POINTE!

Kagran, Austria
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

CONSTELLATORY COVE

Porto Brandao, Portgual
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

RECON-FIGURE
Far Rockaway, USA

UNLOCKING AMERICA'S CORE
White Space, USA

IN GRID WE TRUST
Manhattan, USA

LIQUID COMMONS
Hudson Strait, Canada

ICEROADS/ TRUCKSTOPS
Contwoyto, Canada

OUTLINE OF THE CORE
Rotterdam, NL

PLINTHESIS
Toronto, Canada

THE NEW MONUMENTALITY
Passiac, New Jersey, USA

Architecture

VARNA PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Varna, Bulgaria

STEAM STRATUM
Liepaja Latvia

FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS
San Francisco, CA

CONSERVATORY HOUSE
London, UK

DRIFT HOUSE
Arctic, Canada

TORONTORIUM
Toronto, Canada

THE INFRASTRUCTURAL SPACE OF APPEARANCE
Toronto, Canada

BRUCE MAU DESIGN OFFICE
Toronto, Canada

Installations

SCAFFOLDIA
Oakland, USA

FORMWORKS
San Francisco, USA

RE-RIGGING AIR
Copenhagen, Denmark

GARDEN OF DISPLACED ROOTS
Grand Metis, Canada

ENVELOOPS
Toronto, Canada

INTERLACE

Los Angeles, USA
w/ MG&CO

Interlace
Part of the Unprivileged Views Exhibition, WUHO Gallery, Los Angeles
2012

Houston is comprised of a dream characterized by the vastness of suburban life. Liberated from the confines of zoning, the megalopolis's poly-nuclear form of distributed urbanism fostered an extensive infrastructural landscape to accommodate the automobile as the predominant mode of transportation. The "free"ways of Houston have created a limited set of views onto the urbanized field, which are absorbed as flickers calibrated to speed. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, five million Houstonians, operating four million vehicles, drive eighty million miles daily, and spend about fifty-six hours in traffic jams every year. The automobile, once symbol of liberated transportation, has turned into a device of imprisonment.

Calibrated to the speed of movement, this low-resolution lenticular composition of 576 individual pyramids collapses four paradigmatic views of Houston in one picture plane: The perspective liberated from the congested field (a view onto a highway from above), the view trapped in the field (through the car windshield and the rearview mirror of the average commuter), a glimpse of a vehicle ascending an off-ramp, and the sprawl-scape of signage to navigate these complex arteries. Providing flashes of information to the passing viewer, the installation materializes an anti-iconic perception of this rapidly growing urban environment.

Team
Neeraj Bhatia (The Open Workshop), Reto Geiser, Noƫmi Mollet (MG&Co.)
with Alicia Hergenroeder and Tracy Bremer

Fabrication Team
Mary Casper, Alex Gregor, Libo Li, Bomin Park, Erin Ruhl, Mahan Shirazi, Peter Stone, Liang Wang, Louie Weiss