So, here’s the third installment of my cube project – in fact, it’s a stool design for a TEDx conference competition. The stool is a purely formal exercise, but since the competition requirements called for a title and write-up, I decided to give them this:
Le Corbusier’s famous dictum, “architecture or revolution,” clearly illustrates architecture’s allegiance to existing power structures. It is not supposed to facilitate change; it is to prevent substantive change by changing the window dressing.
Following this line of thinking, the Bastion stool chooses to side with architecture’s benefactors – it is a bunker where powerful can weather the revolution, to once again emerge victorious after the rabble has been mollified by more promises or a bit of blood, if needed. The openings, at once playful and suggestive of military camouflage, provide handy lookouts and gun ports, should things get really ugly. With the Bastion, it’s not “architecture or revolution”, it’s “architecture FOR revolution”.
It’s time to get ready. Know which side you’re on.
I wonder how that will fly with the esteemed jury. Anyway, here are the pics (as my friend Corbu would say: cliquez pour agrandir les images):
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