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  • design incubator
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    alan LU: This project explores the notion of programmatic extremism in a design incubator facility where a central defined figure that contains a vertically integrated manufacturing/workloft arrangement occupies the void and recoups the emptiness left by the existing ice storage facility. Such a figure inverts the typical relationship of a theater by converting the space usually dedicated to an event space into a piranesian conflation of design/production/manufacturing where in effect, these work processes become the spectacle themselves and the theater is one of production.

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  • lechmere library
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    alan LU: This project deals with a new hybridity of institutional and consumer space in which the library is preserved as the last remaining guardian of print and the physical book. To accomplish this, we must reconstitute the typical programmatic makeup of the library into a scheme that folds in privatized culture and the very activities that were once thought to threaten the idea of free public space itself. It is only in this way where we exploit private programs for its inherent abilities to attract and keep the public can the institution of the library continue to exist and even prosper.

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