How close is architecture to developing a ‘universal motherboard’, a typology so basic, economic, and bereft of whim that it can serve any program on any site? Is this absolutist crystallization of the big box a universal trend, or is it in fact the result of the genius loci of the Midwest? These questions framed the basis of and helped guid the speculative design process that the students worked within. Challenged with creating a "big box city" where residents would be exposed to and or live within the production, consumption, and wast processes that make up everyday goods; in other words a consumer intervention.Read More
"The big box of the future will let us accomplish this. It has no preconceptions, it has no intended use, it has no program boundaries. It is our blank slate for a new way of life to start in the Midwest.". This was the core that the students worked from as they created an urban layout and several facilities that would exist within such a city.
Guided by Alexander D'Hooghe the students created a cohesive system of architectural solutions to the "big box city" of the Midwest.
Jovana Andjelkovic Abu-Ali