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  • Princeton Highlands

    Molly MASON & Zherui WANG, "Culture Cultures: The Biosentient City."
    princeton NEW JERSEY

    Princeton SoA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Daniele Profeta: Suburban developments at once embody and perpetuate the idea of psychological ownership around which the relationship of the individual to its neighbors and to the community as a whole is structured.


    The Image of the Single Family House

    The free-standing single family house and its discrete connection to the infrastructural mesh delivers an image of independence and self-affirmation while simultaneously performing the definite act of withdrawal from the sphere of the public realm.

    If we understand the social and political framework of the suburbs as a matter of distributions and arrangements, our site of investigation will have to focus on the relationship existing between the residential units, the bounded limits of property lines and the networked infrastructure. While maintaining a certain sense of familiarity and avoiding digressions in utopian scenarios, can we instrumentalize the political iconography of the free-standing family house to suggest alternative arrangements able to trigger dynamics of local empowerment and produce a sense of collectivity?

    An Interactive Interface
    Clicking – panning – zooming in and zooming out – scrolling down – opening tabs and closing windows… it seems appropriate to use these terms to describe our contemporary mode to access information, to participate in social media, ultimately to construct our everyday reality. If we understand the ‘Home’ as the archetypal space that mediates our relationship to the world,  then it becomes necessary to adopt such mode of navigation to critically analyze the way in which our living spaces are constructed. From this perspective, the interactive interface designed for the Princeton Highlands development exposes the ideals around which single-family house neighborhoods are structured, and in so doing it suggests an alternative logic to construct a community.

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    Special thanks to: Alejandro Zaera Polo, Michael Young, Maya Alam.