Confronting Urbanization reflects on our engagement living urbanization—an urbanization that is fueled by an ever-expanding formation of different object, devices and time zones.
Fueled by predominately privately governed enclosures that are strategically positioned in clusters within this vast field of urban expansion, the urban construct enables continually generic conditions without any connection to its ground.
The result of these processes are most visible in the naturalization of land possession as well as the suppression of a common ground as platforms for pluralistic expressions as we more or less accept these endless lines that parcel the earth surface into a myriad of distinct (inside and outside) conditions.
Within urbanization, the urban grid represents the most visible embodiment of this underlying legal as well as spatial framework.
It guarantees the smooth operation of these flows and stoppages—an operation that has absorbed the possibility for urban inhabitants to write a pluralistic text to enable a common ground of coexistence in favor of a free market driven framework that manages its inhabitants, living urbanization worldwide.
This configuration of urbanization has led to an urban reality in which the relevance of place has become subsidiary to this
Fenced in and guarded with diligence, these contained clusters are the guarantors for the smooth exchange of data, materials and currency.
ever-expanding formation of visible and invisible lines spreading into the infinite.
In a vortex of silence, life on site turns inside out as rays from an inner cosmos begin to transmit into the uncharted - to form yet another world to be discovered.
As no impositions or intentions
are projected. Black Box in this light reflects on the ongoing conversation around the intricate process of experiencing the object and subject as an intertwined reality through which the line between self and other is erased. Through this lens, the act of creation becomes an inclusive process of world making in which self is as much imbedded in the other as the object is imbedded in the subject.
Diving into the cosmos of crossing lines, the actor of drawing sets out to record passages through space and time to construct place - pathways that form a journey in which a site is constructed. Snapshots are taken, negotiations are conducted, measurements may turn into facts, material surfaces, and connections are being discovered - a line is put into action as another one is overdrawn, and fades away: a new storyline emerges. In a vortex of silence, life on site turns inside out as rays from an inner cosmos begin to transmit into the uncharted - to form yet another world to be
something about the biennale in venice italy in 2021. More info about the actual display, a link to the website for the biennale or text related to the biennale
Xinyao Li is currently a graduate student at Washington University pursuing a Masters Degree in Architecture. She double majored in Pure Math and Art at Agnes Scott College, graduating in 2017. She has interests in adaptive reuse of historical buildings and revitalization of St. Louis. Currently, Xinyao is working for St. Louis Architecture firm Trivers, developing sustainability analysis processes for the firm to implement on their future project.
Anthony Iovino is a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing his Master of Architecture. Receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University in 2019, Anthony’s previous technical and theoretical education focused on the spatial, temporal, and rhetorical functions of form. His interest in the field revolves around the design and discourse of architectural form within its urban, political, societal, and historical contexts as it relates to its inhabitants. These explorations are exemplified in his graphical explorations where he applies the delicate use of graphic elements to distill the life of the inhabitants and its atmospheric qualities.
Corinna is a recent 2020 graduate of Washington University of St. Louis's Bachelor of Science in Architecture program. She graduated with Honors and, this fall, she will be pursuing her Masters of Architecture at Yale School of Architecture. Her interests lie in the cultural and social impact of architecture, especially in urban contexts where different cultural identities begin to combine and coexist together.
Paul Clark is an aspiring architect and a graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with his Master of Architecture. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Roger Williams University in 2014, Paul has worked in New York for Pei Architects and others. He is interested in the ability of architecture to drive change in emotions, activities and the users. Architecture to him is a coming together of many aspects of being.
PETRA KEMPF, PhD.
Petra Kempf is a practicing architect and Urban Designer who is also working at Washington University in St. Louis as an assistant professor. she has worked at institutions within the public and private sector, including the NYC Department of City Planning, the Project for Public Spaces, and Richard Meier & Partners. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts and is the founder of Urban Transits, an interdisciplinary research initiative focusing on the transient nature of cities. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in the United States and Europe and has been featured in multiple publications.