PATH + Price Studio

San Francisco, CA

BLIND SPOTS When surveillance and social media sharing become indistinguishable, the NSA can be understood not as an adversary, but as a public utility. The NSA branch offices provide privacy and voyeurism in a state-sanctioned space outside of the NSA’s ubiquitous surveillance coverage. A double-sided wall, a border, frames a void in the city that absorbs light and spatial definition. Within this ‘blind spot’ one has direct access to an underground server containing the NSA’s vast repository of data. The branch offices are an empty monument to the social contract: in exchange for access one becomes complicit with the NSA, making material our dilemma of security and narcissism. Team: Matt Hutchinson, Brian Price  

BLIND SPOTS

When surveillance and social media sharing become indistinguishable, the NSA can be understood not as an adversary, but as a public utility. The NSA branch offices provide privacy and voyeurism in a state-sanctioned space outside of the NSA’s ubiquitous surveillance coverage. A double-sided wall, a border, frames a void in the city that absorbs light and spatial definition. Within this ‘blind spot’ one has direct access to an underground server containing the NSA’s vast repository of data. The branch offices are an empty monument to the social contract: in exchange for access one becomes complicit with the NSA, making material our dilemma of security and narcissism.

Team: Matt Hutchinson, Brian Price

 

PATH is a design/fabrication studio which emphasizes the relationship between design and making, and the synthesis of hand-craft and machine aesthetics. PATH leverages experience with traditional techniques, coupled with a keen understanding of digital technologies to inform our sensibilities. Though trained as an architect, principal Matt Hutchinson’s interests in design go beyond the typical constraints of architecture and span a variety of scales and types, testing ideas in the forms of lighting, furniture, architectural components, installations, etc. Hutchison is an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts where he teaches architecture studios and seminars which build on and are informed by his own materials and fabrication research.

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Price Studio is a San Francisco based practice interested in reclaiming architecture's relevance. Founded in 2012 by Brian Price, the office participates in a diverse range of work including built and speculative architecture, publications, and conferences, and is principally interested in exploring new ways that architecture can engage culture through suggestive, ambiguous, and irresolute space. Price is an Assistant Professor at the California College of the Arts where he directs the graduate thesis program. He is a winner of the Architecture League of New York’s Young Architects Forum and a finalist in MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program.

 

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