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  • In Is The New Out

    Oscar ABRAHAMSSON, "In Is The New Out." Model.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critics: Elena MANFERDINI, Brett STEELE, Marcelyn GOW.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Oscar ABRAHAMSSON: Today, as our cities are becoming increasingly dense – the role of internal spaces are rising as ever-more important in defining urbanity.

    And in a moment in which our private lives have become exposed and controlled in almost every aspect, the interior has become the eminent space of refuge, providing anonymity and freedom. In Is the New Out offers a radical reexamination of the interior as the last urban refuge in 21st century Los Angeles, by introducing a new kind of urban configuration, where public life takes place within blank interior voided figures. By envisioning not only the ‘inside(s)’ of the city to be turned out, but the ‘insides’ in themselves to be re-conceptualized as huge voided figures, embedded as part of the surrounding urban fabric, this thesis proposes a semi-internal, semi-autonomous world of interior urbanism that destabilizes the traditional tropes of urban space and proposes a new configuration for an increasingly denser Los Angeles. The interior figural voids create, through their scale, vastness and materiality, a semi-autonomous world that relentlessly emphasises anonymity, movement and verticality as urban qualities. They are taking elements of the generic and subverts them into the fantastic. Elements from ubiquitous corporate lobbies, shopping malls and parking garages are metamorphosed through patterning, materiality, reflection and coloration to create a new three dimensional public space.