Posing the above provocation as an exhibition theme, the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism sought to
create a platform to redefine and reimagine the structure of our cities. As an answer to this provocation, our research project "Autonomous Urbanism: Towards a New Transitopia!" was invited to be curated and displayed at the "Collective Cities" exhibit of the Biennale and later at the 2020 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture - imagining a future vision for the urban evolution and restructuring of the city of Los Angeles as it integrates automated mobility. Both international biennale's presented an opportunity to translate the graphic novel format of the research (intended as a print publication) into a large-scale visual exhibition that transformed the chronological narrative of the archetypes within, into a sequential & spatial experience as visitors walk through.
The photographs below capture the design for the exhibition, which proposes a continuous curved gradient wall that negotiates the irregular curvature and functional constraints (windows/closets) of the existing wall that it covers. The curved gradient wall simultaneously provides an enveloping undulating surface that draws visitors into subtle pockets of collective space and that also increases the amount of display area for the graphics. The exhibition acts as a backdrop that visually frames the ground floor of the main atrium space of the "Collective Cities" exhibit, while also providing lounge furniture and relief space for the entire gallery. The background color gradient is meant to evoke the cultural hues of the city of Los Angeles, as well as the mid-century modern furniture referencing famed LA designers. Further research and graphics were expanded for the Biennales, as well as a publication book that was displayed alongside the exhibition.
Displayed from 9.7.19 to 11.10.19 as part of the "Collective Cities" Exhibit for the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism, at the Donuimun Museum Village Venue in Seoul, South Korea.
Displayed from 12.22.19 to 3.15.20 as part of the "Urbanism Exhibit" for the 2020 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, at the Guangming Science City Venue in Shenzhen, China.