5x5 Participatory Provocations

 OMI International Arts Center, © Robert Prochaska

OMI International Arts Center, © Robert Prochaska

 RISD School of Architecture

RISD School of Architecture

 RISD School of Architecture, © Robert Prochaska

RISD School of Architecture, © Robert Prochaska

 Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

 Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

 University of Illinois, © Robert Prochaska

University of Illinois, © Robert Prochaska

 University of Illinois, © Robert Prochaska

University of Illinois, © Robert Prochaska

Curators: Original Copy, Kyle May, and Kevin Erickson
Project Team: Julia van den Hout, Cole Cataneo, Katie Gleysteen
2015 — 2017
 

5x5 : Participatory Provocations is an exhibit of twenty-five architectural models by twenty-five young American architects. Five contemporary issues, each addressed by five firms.

Architecture as a profession struggles to simultaneously engage with the public and be provocative within the confines of its own field. Either arguments and proposals get “dumbed down” or they simply aren’t accessible or relevant.

This exhibit, curated by Original Copy, Kyle May, and Kevin Erickson, argues for participatory criticism—identifying a series of significant popular issues and asking creative minds to take a clear stance and produce a physical expression or provocation that is made available to the public.

The five selected topics intend to provoke, but are grounded in issues we face today: a growing income gap, immigration, globalization, technology’s impact on our lives, surveillance, and power.

Architecture has a seat at each discussion.

5x5 Participatory Provocations was on view at the University of Illinois (Feb-Mar 2016), the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (Jul-Aug 2016), RISD School of Architecture (Oct 2016), and OMI International Arts Center (Jan-Mar 2017). It culminated with an expanded exhibit, featuring new research, at the Center for Architecture in New York (Jul-Oct 2017).