5x5 featured in Metropolis Magazine

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It’s easy to caricature architecture as groveling valet, dutifully carrying out the wishes of the powerful without demur. There are, of course, many instances that justify this portrayal, but to its critics the profession would seem incapable of designing anything but for-profit prisons, border walls, and high-rise condos. 5×5: Participatory Provocations ironically exaggerates, and so undermines, this trope. Arguing that architects engage in “provocation in lieu of service,” the small exhibit shows just how fun it can be to shake up industry conventions.  

— Anthony Paletta, Metropolis Magazine

5x5 featured by The Berkshire Eagle

"When pressing matters like immigration, national security and product delivery technology are raised in the media and political arenas, it's rare for architecture to play a role in the discussion. The traveling exhibit, "5x5: Participatory Provocations," which opens Saturday, Jan. 14, at Omi International Arts Center, aims to give architects a seat at the table—and a voice to be heard. [...] 5x5 is about the future, and presents ideas that are only just beginning to take hold."  

—Sharon Smullen, Berkshire Eagle

5x5 Participatory Provocations featured in Architect Magazine

"What, exactly, does architecture have to say about this wild and surreal election season? The default answer for just about any year is usually: Not much. And that's a problem Julia van den Hout and her fellow curators Kyle May and Kevin Erickson aimed to fix with 5x5. The exhibit invited 25 young design firms to tackle one of five prompts each; some fictional, some real, and all deeply engaged with the economic and cultural forces that wander into the voting booth with each citizen's decision to pull the lever. [...] This call for participatory criticism aimed to eject architecture from the arcane, avant-garde discourse it usually defaults to when things get a little too chummy and myopic, while keeping some sense of its vision subtly intact."

—Zach Mortice, Architect Magazine

Architect's Newspaper features 5x5 exhibition

"Twenty Five young American architects are taking on current significant issues facing the world in the 5×5 Participatory Provocations show at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. With the aim of engaging with the public while still being provocative within the field of architecture, 5×5 argues for participatory criticism, or critical engagement through architectural practice. The curators posed five prompts for offices to explore one of through physical models. [...] The resulting models range from the playful to the austere, while questioning the current status of their prompted issue."  

— Matthew Messner, Architect's Newspaper