FUTURE EXPANSION

New York, NY

DRAPE WALL When Donald Trump first approached us to design a border wall, we were skeptical. But then we realized that the border exists; we wouldn't be creating a barrier, just decorating an existing one. Inspired by Lady Liberty's flowing gown, we decided that the statue, iconic but almost completely hollow, needed substance. So we set about shaping desert sand, intent on building real mass and giving the statue new life. Drape Wall is an icon with an inside. What appears to be a monumental fence turns out to be a gathering place, a linear oasis, a Tex-Mex paradise, a little shade from the sun. Team: Deirdre McDermott, Nicholas McDermott, Gabriel Jewell-Vitale, Michael Filomeno, Mel Loyola Agosto

DRAPE WALL

When Donald Trump first approached us to design a border wall, we were skeptical. But then we realized that the border exists; we wouldn't be creating a barrier, just decorating an existing one. Inspired by Lady Liberty's flowing gown, we decided that the statue, iconic but almost completely hollow, needed substance. So we set about shaping desert sand, intent on building real mass and giving the statue new life. Drape Wall is an icon with an inside. What appears to be a monumental fence turns out to be a gathering place, a linear oasis, a Tex-Mex paradise, a little shade from the sun.

Team: Deirdre McDermott, Nicholas McDermott, Gabriel Jewell-Vitale, Michael Filomeno, Mel Loyola Agosto

Future Expansion (FE) is a New York architecture office dedicated to open structure, cultural invention, and expanding notions of public space. The office works independently and collaboratively and always with the goal of broadening our projects' value and positive impact.

Founded in 2012, FE has an enthusiastic attitude for the creation of new architectural and urban possibilities and a desire to generate a new body of work for and from the changing city. Within the first few months of practice, the office won a competition hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to develop an empty lot in the BAM Cultural District with a large-scale public art installation. In 2013 the office was a finalist for adAPT NYC, an open RFP issues by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to develop a high quality and affordable housing model for New York's growing population of single-person households. The office is led by partners Deirdre McDermott and Nicholas McDermott.

 

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