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What is unshelter?

Architecture is itself a paradox: on the one hand it’s function is to protect us from our surroundings, to control our movement through space and to produce tidy visual images, but on the other hand it’s something entirely contrary.

Graphic Standards (on virtually every studio's bookshelf) reveals the architect's goals for complete understanding and control of the built environment and therefore our tendency for complicity.

Graphic Standards (on virtually every studio’s bookshelf) reveals the architect’s goals for complete understanding and control of the built environment and therefore our tendency for complicity.

This contrary architecture, this “un”shelter, demands attention. It is captured in everyday occurrences of misappropriations such as that of the children pictured below. It is embedded in our very nature to want to escape the confines of our surroundings and to play.

Images from "Aldo van Eyck: The Playgrounds and the City" represents an entirely different appreciation/appropriation of architecture demonstrating its capacity for fostering curiosity and imagination.

Images from “Aldo van Eyck: The Playgrounds and the City” represents an entirely different appreciation/appropriation of architecture demonstrating its capacity for fostering curiosity and imagination.

 

Images from "Aldo van Eyck: The Playgrounds and the City" represents an entirely different appreciation/appropriation of architecture demonstrating its capacity for fostering curiosity and imagination.

Images from “Aldo van Eyck: The Playgrounds and the City” represents an entirely different appreciation/appropriation of architecture demonstrating its capacity for fostering curiosity and imagination.

This project is a theoretical examination of the term shelter and a search for a theory of its antonym; an enigma conjured up by the desires of individuality. What is intended is not a rejection of the status quo, of providing shelter, but rather an aim at concretizing what most consider ephemeral, architecture’s raison d’etre: the unshelter.

A strong tension exists between the scripted and unscripted uses of the city and its architecture.

A strong tension exists between the scripted and unscripted uses of the city and its architecture.

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