Curator: XON Studio
Duration: 2015.12.04 — 2016.2.28
Location: Collateral Exhibition Zone
Apartments have Become the ultimate architecture of globalized urbanism. If there is one single architectural device that shapes the contemporary bodies, consumptions, displacements and reproductions of the global networks of power it is the apartment. In cities as New York, London or Seoul apartments are leading the evolution of urban fabrics in the same way that infrastructures, public space or corporative buildings did in the past. Located on Park Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets, 432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere. Designed by Rafael Viñoly around what is described as "the purest geometric form: the square", the tower is actually a result of multiple forces from zoning codes, structural engineering, real estate, public media, latent buyers and so on. The aim of the project is to explore the potential for 432 Park Avenue to become the vehicle to bring diversity, inclusivity and complexity to globalized urbanisms. And the alternative vision of global domesticity we chose is Earthaven Ecovilla in Black Mountain, NC. The concept pursued by eco-villagers of earthaven - COLLECTIVE LIVING - is a totally opposite understanding of domesticity compared to what happens in 432 tower.It requires residents live locally and build a strong connection with - Neighbourhood, Community and Bio-region.With these ideas in mind, we shifted the spatial structure and reinterpreted the scales of 432, transforming it from an icon of luxury to a manifesto of human ecology upon the context of globalized urbanism.