Malleable Monuments

Event: Malleable Monuments Exhibition by The Open Workshop
Exhibition Dates: March 16-April 6th
Opening: March 16th, 6:30 PM
Location: StoreFrontLab, 337 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Malleable Monuments present a grouping of transcalar design experiments that test how to empower the role of architecture within the transforming, evolving, fluctuating, and indeterminate conditions of the city, its public sphere, and its ecological context. Four geologic models are situated within a tensile portico structure, which both references the monumental archetype, yet destabilizes its reading through the lightness and malleability of its materiality. A series of taxonomy drawings classify the design experiments into four categories—Frameworks, Living Archives, Articulated Surfaces, and Rewiring States. These projects share a goal of reconciling and choreographing how the human and environmental subject and their individual, transforming, ephemeral, and often contradictory characteristics continuously recompose a permanent work.