The precedent to this, Dwelling on Waste: Buffalo had heavier traces as a Survivalist architecture. Moving into the $800 home without heat, running water, or electricity we began to become involved in issues of social structure, morality vs. legality in city building policies, environmental sustainability and economics. The work here and this blog will still largely reflect our inhabitation of the space as well as the structural and material urgencies of the house, but with established utilities and an expected fate for the house beyond our own lives there, its expected that any notions of humanitarian architecture will shift from the somewhat introverted view of the last project to one which is more communal and urbanistic.
The house at Flint, most recently known as Spencer's Funeral Home, is currently under lease from the City of Flint for three years, after which its state of being will be reevaluated. As one of many projects under the Flint Public Art Project the goal of our interventions is to bring the building from urban blight to an artists' co-op that will foster community activity and a revitalized effort to rebuild local economy and culture, using locally sourced waste material as the prime medium of working.
Andrew Perkins is a recent M. Arch graduate from the University at Buffalo. Having committed to the Material Culture Graduate Research Group, his recent work and interests have become geared toward the philosophies that surround material consumption and ecology. Honing in on the particular but very evident economic and social problems that Buffalo suffers from, he seeks not to preserve what remains of its outdated infrastructure, but to consume and adapt it. Perkins has worked abroad in small design-oriented offices in Denmark and China, hoping to adopt and adapt design strategies of varying economic and political backgrounds.