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