DISEGNO or WORKTOPIA: POST-1871 or
ARCHITECTURE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: PERCEPTION AND MEANING IN ARCHITECTURAL REPRESENTATION
1871 (Merchandise Mart, Chicago, present) and the North American Phalanx (Colts Neck, NJ, 1843): Two communities, two collaborative agendas, divergent ideas about labor and leisure. What if 1871 were re-envisioned as a dispersed campus that is as much for work as it is for education and recreation? Post-1871 is a new co-working hub and collaborative for work-play - the inevitable merger of labor and leisure through digital technology and architecture. P-1871 members can enjoy the benefits of working remotely on a spacious rural campus - symbolically located at the former site of the North American Phalanx which burned down in 1972, 101 years since the Great Chicago Fire. The old informs the new. Alienation in advanced capitalist society is mitigated at P-1871 where members can channel their alienation into personal productivity for the benefit of the community.
The Drawing Is the Project
P-1871's early design saw the drawing itself become the project - extracting unique qualities of lines and grids to compose, organize and inform the community's planning: pixelation, fidelity, resolution, homogeneity, density, dispersion.