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Culture Pit

SYNTHETIC NATURES, NESTED WORLDS

SYNTHETIC NATURES, NESTED WORLDS

This project proposes a new arts venue for Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City. The program contains a theatre, an event lawn and indoor and outdoor sculputre galleries.

The park as it is today blurs an experiential understanding of waste, material, and sculpture through the framing of landfill as landscape, material as industrial byproduct, and sculpture as cultural artifact. This estrangement comes from a stratified understanding of the site’s physical development and the thin veneer (6 inches) of ‘natural’ landscape that separates sculpture from landfill trash. This conceptual antagonism calls into question which material artifact creates more value to the inhabitants of the park, while also allowing architecture to enter into a milieu of contradictory elements.

ARCH 602

Instructor: Simon Kim

Partner: Clay Gruber

 

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