The politics of architecture materializing into buildings can be murky. This foggy terrain spans moods and motives, but any project lucky enough to find itself in this tricky territory is there because someone wanted it built badly enough to push it there. I was reminded of then when I saw images of Gigi Scaria’s work on designboom and looked at a bit more of his work.
According to the brief blurb under the top image, “Scaria’s work explores the impact of the recent growth boom in the cities of his home country” India. More broadly, I think you could say his work is about how the built environment affects social structures. The top image looks like a delightful pop-up book at first, but after looking at more of his work, it looks slightly more cramped and disorganized to me… just rendered pristinely and without people. The lower image is probably one of my favorites. It’s humorous to see a habitable Trojan Horse, but it’s also an overt statement that buildings are used as political tools.
If buildings are machines for living in, I hope I don’t live in a bulldozer.