Envisioning a Future History of Culture

AAD Studio

Summer 2012

Mark Rakatansky, critic

What does architecture know? How are cultural categories of knowledge organized in and through architecture? How can architecture explore their reorganization? And how can architecture display and perform that knowledge in buildings—consciously, descriptively and suggestively?

We utilized one of the world’s largest and most legendary sites of cultural knowledge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as a site to explore new forms of curatorial and informational space-making. Student’s projects focused on one of the Museum’s diverse collections. Already imminent in the artifacts in all of these collections were particular deep cultural and informational networks that drew forth new spatial and temporal relations.

Each of the Met’s collections posed distinct opportunities to configure and evolve smarter uses of both technologies and tectonics—as curatorial systems within and between the diverse collections and into the public spaces of the museum, but also as interpretative interface membranes between interior and exterior environments. Chosen collections and their informational membranes already expanding into the public spaces, expanded up through to the roof or out to the surrounding areas of Central Park, envisioning the future expansion of the Metropolitan Museum, envisioning a future history of culture.

Christos Constantinou A/B
Pablo Costa C/D/E