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Team

Name: Dallin Reese

Nationality: American

Institution / Company: Oklahoma State University

 

Name: Avery Slavin

Nationality: American

Institution / Company: Oklahoma State University

 

Name: Erin Yen

Nationality: American

Institution / Company: Oklahoma State University

 

-FINALIST of FUTURE PUBLIC SPACE Competition

 

Governmental buildings are intimidating and severe, when they are for the people. This National Mall installation, addresses several primary elements of civic architecture: the single monumental edifice, which we countered with up-scaled elements of our own; the strict and formal geometry, which we diluted with common, playful, and vaguely absurd forms; and the high-end materiality, which we contrasted with mundane materials and a childlike color palette. The imagery of the bathroom and the upscaled bath toys evokes a certain vulnerability beyond simple absurdity. It is something which everyone can relate to โ€“ it recalls a universal domestic condition that is the antithesis of the formal, monumental location. No one needs an advanced degree, rich and powerful friends, or a position in the Federal Government to understand this space. Further countering the typical National Mall Experience were one remains strictly on a paths, the installation invites active interaction. The large-scale bathroom motifs scattered around the lawn lead users to the central focus; bubble machines along the perimeter allow participants to contribute to the atmosphere; the large duck provides a viewing platform that is alluring in its whimsy. The space is not meant to take itself seriously. It is for anyone and everyone.

 

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