5 x 5 Exhibit

brings together twenty-five young architects to address five contemporary popular issues using only models.

 

5x5 : Participatory Provocations is an exhibit of 25 architectural models by 25 young American architects.

5 contemporary issues, each addressed by 5 firms.

Architecture as a profession struggles to simultaneously engage with the public and be provocative within the confines of its own field. Either arguments and proposals get “dumbed down” or they simply aren’t accessible or relevant.

This exhibit argues for participatory criticism - identifying a series of significant popular issues, creative minds taking clear stances and then producing a physical expression or provocation that is then made available to the public.

The avant-garde in architecture has for decades captured its imaginations via two-dimensional representations, but this exhibit asks architects to be just as provocative in three dimensions. The selected topics intend to provoke, but are grounded in issues we face today: a growing income gap, immigration, globalization, technology’s impact on our lives, surveillance, and power.

Architecture has a seat at each discussion.

Updates can be found at www.5x5exhibit.com

 

Client: 
Self-Initiated

Program: 
Exhibit

Status: 
January-March 2016 Exhibited at OMI International Arts Center
October 2016 Exhibited at Rhode Island School of Design
July-August 2016 Exhibited at Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
February-March 2016 Exhibited at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
July-October 2017 Center for Architecture in New York

Curators: 
Kyle May
Julia van den Hout
Kevin Erickson

Participants:
Abruzzo Bodziak Architects
Andrew Kovacs / Archive of Affinities
Anthony Titus Studio
Brillhart Architecture
Carl Lostritto
Club Club
David Emmons
Formlessfinder
Future Expansion
Gelpi Projects
IS-Office
JKurtz
KNE Studio
Kyle May, Architect
Michael Abrahamson
Norden Design
Platform for Architecture + Research
Path + Price Studio
Peterson Rich Office
Sean Gaffney / Christina Nguyen
Snarkitecture
SOFTlab
Spacecutter
Studio Cadena
Ultramoderne

Images:
Robert Prochaska