TEAM: Anna Rizou
A neo-romantic solution to your accommodation
Being hooked on mobile devices and applications on a daily basis, we are living the controversy of ANTISocial media: a virtual space of socializing
We are feeling more and more lonely, desperately looking for proximity , for contact.
Travelling the world on a backpack, like turtles, pursuing our luck or independancy, no longer feels fulfilling.
Liberated from tabboos, we swipe right or left on people’s faces much more easily than they went to speak to a person at a bar.
Architects are directly concerned, as the much respected models of the great design teachers on anthropometry, ideal proportions and dimensions for living are actually only making things worse for solitude.
However, how can it be that spatial conventions and design artefacts encourage unethical or antisocial prototypes of conduct?
How much longer will business travels be associated with prostitution, sextourism be a thing, and why not recycle all these habits in a socially sustainable manner?
What is missing is an infrastructure that will organise and connect meeting people with hosting them. Neoromance is not dead, and it is not found necessarilly in a proximity radious around you. At times you might have to force yourself to travel and find it, and most definately, spend one way or the other with it.
The space to SleepWith is unique and absolutely personalized and defined by the host, given it is their own personal space. The space to SleepWith is infinite, comes in shapes and sizes, and is not only defined by the destination room, but all the intermediate spaces that got you there: It is the Internet, it is the device you used to browse or chat, the cafeteria where you received your first message, the plane or boat deck that got you to your destination; it is the elevator where you spent your last sweaty and nervous moments before you met your host. It is the bed, sofa you shared with the person you met to SleepWith.