PAVILION – Cambridge, MA
American Architecture (Model) aspires to promote the mythical cornerstone of American constitutional democracy – the freedom of expression. Evoking the tradition of a soapbox, the pavilion provides a dedicated space for a public debate. In the times when American society is experiencing a paradigm shift that drives the necessary social change in racial justice, gender equity, class privilege, or inclusive right to health care, the prevailing online communication has stirred a babel of voices. The instant and limited format of expression on social platforms, their lack of accountability and clear mechanisms of regulation often lead to abuse of free speech. The revival of a real public space, as opposed to the virtual one, proposes to challenge how these urgent issues are addressed.
Cambridge, MA, US
Culture, Education, Public
GSD Harvard University
UTIL Struktuurstudies, Chris Pijp
Kersten Geers, David Van Severen, Inga Karen Traustadóttir, Leander Venlet