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Justin Flood

artistsMaria Sykes
Justin Flood
Do architects shape the future? What is the future of architecture? What responsibilities should architects be held accountable for? What happens when architects choose to immerse themselves in the local? Can they be shaped by their communities? What if architects could engage in the building process at every stage, even before a building is conceived? How can we (re)define the processes of architecture to encompass considerations outside of the drawing and planning of buildings?

Samuel Mockbee described architecture as a practice which literally and figuratively houses the arts (and the artists themselves). I find this to be an apt metaphor for the Frontier Fellowship program at the Epicenter. In addition to working within the physical space of the Epicenter and Green River, a portion of my research will exist digitally on the Epicenter’s server space in the form of an assemblage. In contrast to the clean travelogue format of a blog, Notes from the Frontier seeks to transmit a record of fits and starts, an accumulation of cancelled and theoretical proposals, references, micro “quick win” projects, and other work. The web space is designed to accumulate or “pile up” with work over time. Avoiding inherit linear/sequential organizational structures, Notes From the Frontier (re)represents the organic, sometimes messy nature of working processes.