THE SUBCULTURE SANCTUARY
Studio Critic : Jimenez Lai Fall 2017 Partners : Mouna Lawrence & Eric Giragosian
The project begins by examining the American suburbia. Is the suburbia going into depression? Is it a story about repetitious lifestyle where an economic model runs supreme, where mortgage crushes souls, suppresses countless dreams, imprisoning all of America’s middle class into a gridlock of nothingness? Suburbia, in fact, is the open playground for ingenious inventions, where subcultures emerge. What are some of the physical characteristics that may facilitate these moments of research and experimentation? How do these conditions become hotbeds for subcultures? Because there’s no denying that without suburbs, there wouldn’t be such interesting subcultures existing in the United States. While it does comprise these elements, the true life of a suburbia is in the condition it provides for the creation of subcultures. These leftover, often deprogrammed spaces become a place for customized programs. These normal spaces create opportunities for incredible inventions in a normal world. This Subculture Sanctuary tries to capitalize on the creation of these odd leftover negative spaces that encourage specific subcultures based on the formal conditions of these spaces.