Students were challenged to design performative interchanges, negotiating and responding to their immediate urban contexts. Facilitating the interaction of one viewer and one performer, the interchange program became a theatrical interplay between two bodies in space, ultimately putting into question: who is watching and who is being watched?
While disguised as an interface between two people, the design aspired to serve a higher purpose- to act as an interface between the site patterns within the city. The theater was not to be perceived as a static backdrop, but rather, itself an actor upon an urban stage. It would perform much like the artist, activating human motion, player interaction, sensory experience, and networks of urban activity around it.
By employing the theater as an agent of change in the city, the boundary between the architecture and its user became blurred. The former seized to be a silent observer of the latter, becoming the action as well.
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