12’ x 12’ URBAN TEAHOUSE
Civic forum that welcomes and serves the public


Location: New York, New York
Client: Public
Status: Concept 2020

Supraorder


The aftermath of covid-19 pandemic and civil movement across the country indicates a paradigm shift of the world we live in today. 6-feet distancing and boarded up retail spaces paired up to characterize the ‘new normal’ as the city is inscribed with voices from the public, history is working in progress.
In response to the new paradigm, 12’x12’ Urban Teahouse anticipates a new public ritual to take place and perform.


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Context



                                                           
New York City
During these peak protest months across New York City, plywood prices skyrocketed to above $90 for one 4’ x 8’ AC plywood board. Board up storefronts become the new face of New York City streetscape. Plywood facades embraced social, political and urban functionality with graffiti that represents the public voice of the time.

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Spatial Politics


                                                           
Japanese Teahouse
Historically, the Japanese teahouse is associated with equality and peace. The tearoom is a space for liaising and negotiations between warlords and generals since the 16th century. Tea  is served as a ritual by the tea master and everyone, regardless of their social status or hierarchy must kneel on the common ground of the tatami mat.

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Function / Pre-fab


12’x12’ The proposal uses solely plywood. The 12’x12’ dimension is guided by the typical dimension of off-the-shelf plywood sheet (4’x8’) as a module.




Assemblage / Disassemblage The proposal uses solely plywood. The 12’x12’ dimension is guided by the typical dimension of off-the-shelf plywood sheet (4’x8’) as a module.

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Civic Forum


Instead of a tea ceremony being performed, the public participation within this civic forum will be the new ritual that is unrehearsed.



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Third Life



The art of the public is not its resemblance to art, but is partly its reasonableness, usefulness, and scale to carry out its social contract and obligation to the public.
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