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Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany



Project Team:
Neeraj Bhatia, co-curator, Christophe Hesse, co-curator



Anna Heringer (Germany), Atelier Alter (China), Christoph Hesse Architects (Germany), Bernaskoni (Russia), Dogma (Belgium), Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (FKAA) (Australia / USA), Jürgen Mayer H. (Germany), KWK Promes (Poland), NOA* (Italy), The Open Workshop (USA/ Canada), Organization for Permanent Modernity (USA / Belgium), Penda (China/ Austria), Pezo Von Ellrichshausen (Chile), RICA Studio (USA / Spain), SsD (USA / Korea), Somatic Collaborative (USA), Stinessen Arkitektur (Norway), Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico), Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop (Japan)

The time ‘after work’ was traditionally where ‘life’ began. Today, the line between work and life has never been so blurred. More people now work from home than ever before, which has also enabled a new nomadicism into the countryside and nature. These two trends have produced a condition wherein we are never entirely in private or public. And accordingly, we can no longer take for granted our time ‘after work’.

Ways of Life is an investigation into the new condition of working in close proximity in nature. How we negotiate our domestic and immaterial labor, and how we relate to nature is indicative of who we are. The following emerging offices from around the globe have been asked to develop a modest prototype dwelling that immerses work in nature while clarifying the relationship between work/ life and the individual / collective.