"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