Apparatus X: Designing an Architecture for Civic Engagement
How does formal and informal knowledge, professional training, and experience – embodied and transmitted through the architecture – get to communities in need in order to effect change? Perhaps the answer to this question requires design. Apparatus X is a mobile design/construction studio developed to facilitate the essentials of architectural activism: responsiveness, tools/transmission, and the establishment of relationships where knowledge sharing, design and engagement occur. Three physical spaces designed into the mobile unit are key to success: tooling workshop, design studio, and relatable space open to public. With a prepared physical presence, the activist architect can engage in design activities and tasks WITH the community rather than FOR the community.