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2018-19: Material World

Diploma 12 is interested in instrumenting change through the strategic implementation of architectural practice. Using the design of strategically deployed events as a catalyst, we will build material worlds of our own that are carefully crafted for future communities, creating visionary architectural models that reflect their precise ideals and dreams.

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Bathroom as a temporary escape from reality

October 29, 2017 - 2017

Researching on how to back up disruption design…

Even the most utilitarian bathroom can serve as a place for small transgressions, where one can temporarily escape the routines and pressures of life.

One of the very classic examples of this would be the Factory scene in Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin in 1936 where the Tramp struggles to keep up with the factory assembling line, retreats to the bathroom. Assuming he is unobserved, he perches on the edge of the sink and lights a cigarette with great delight, only to have the company president appear on a giant two-way screen behind him and order him back to work. The President’s invasion of the washroom, the one place where the Tramp might reasonably expect some peace, exposes the company’s ruthless drive to control its workers’ bodies and time.

The bathroom emerges as a classic “backstage” space, a place that hides messy realities.

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