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TOWNHOUSE

TODAY’S CONSTRUCTION METHODS ARE PRETTY MUCH STANDARDIZED. SO WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU, AS A HUMAN BEING, FOLLOWED YOUR INTUITION? WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WOULD YOU BUILD?
IN A LABORATORY SETTING, I RELEASED TWO MICE IN A BLOCK OF GINGERBREAD THAT HAD EXACTLY THE SAME PROPORTIONS AS A TOWNHOUSE. THE MICE TOOK OVER THE BLOCK AND MADE IT THEIR HOME IN A WAY THAT YOU COULD NEVER IMAGINE.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WERE PLACED IN A SIMILAR SETTING? I PLOTTED THE AREA OF A TOWNHOUSE 1:1 ON A BEACH AND STARTED DIGGING! STARTING WITH TWO OF US – AND ENDING UP WITH TEN. THE DIGGING PROCESS, THE MATERIAL, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR FATIGUE, YOUR TOOLS AND YOUR FELLOW DIGGERS DETERMINE THE FORMAT AND THE SHAPE OF THE SPACE, THE FURNITURE AND ITS FUNCTIONS. ALL THIS IS INCORPORATED INTO THE MODEL, WHICH GIVES AN IDEA OF HOW AN OCCUPANT OF A 4.20 X 12.60 X 8.40 METER BLOCK OF MARLSTONE TRANSFORMS IT INTO A TOWNHOUSE.