critic: David RUY.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Matt BOKER: The Recombinant SOHO housing project is the future of China’s urban context, as mass urbanization and population growth continue to densify its cities and urban housing projects.
The specific extreme density and architectural conditions of this project in Beijing, China, along with its presence within the news and social media, video game design and environmental health investigations, are an early projection for the rest of China’s urbanity. At the present rate, space and form is being redefined, manifesting in possible future replicants of this adapted SOHO project.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MB: Speculative realism; Graham Harman; sci-fi concept art; Joseph Kosinski; J. J. Abrams; and Cédric Delsaux.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MB: Reading: J. G. Ballard, High Rise; David Grahame Shane, Recombinant Urbanism; Greg Girard and Ian Lambot, City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City. Listening to: London Grammar; Drive OST; and M83. Watching: District 9 and The Matrix trilogy
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MB: Liam Young and Tom Wiscombe.