While trying to understand contemporary society through the built environment, I became interested in the physical shadow of what art theorist Rosalind Krauss calls “the Grid” (that “turns its back on nature”). Engineering Hope is an exploration of an abstract point of reference: the architectural model. In this project, I investigate the seductive quality of the model, it limits as a tool and the actual neighborhoods that become its physical manifestation.
I designed an impossible building of prefab plaster building parts. Situated in a wooden frame, the nine planes form the blueprint of the model. If one attempts to remove them from this frame in order to built the model, the plaster pieces fall apart; one can only imagine the model, like utopia. Before ever being built, the model is already decaying in its frame. A constant shift in scale and time takes place. At one point the wooden frame becomes a composition, a grid seen from above in which the plaster facade becomes the footprint of a demolished housing project that once was there. Sometimes the forms lose any relation to the building. They become hieroglyphics, they become the motherboard of a computer, they become an artifact.