The assigned space was the center of the Book Fair. We wanted to accomplish more than just an aesthetic/sculptural object that only called for attention, so we imagined topography formed with the soda crates in which the visitors of the exhibition could utilize it in infinite ways. The topography functioned as benches to sit on, as a threshold that connects the fair isles, as an observer to value other stands from another perspective, as stairs, as a playground for kids, as an amphitheater for an acoustical concert and as a place to accommodate
visitors to experience a small lecture or conference.
More than just an architectural intervention, the pavilion became a social topography that invited the exhibition visitors to explore it, and it responded to the different uses they gave it. Once the fair was over, we disassembled the pavilion, and the crates were returned to the soda company without generating pollution or residues, minimizing its carbon footprint. The Social Topography served as an example of how we can upcycle and reuse common every day objects, and in a creative way transform them and give them a new use.
Location: Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México
Client: State Government of Chihuahua
Collaborators: Juan Casillas Pintor
Status: completed 2013
Partner in Charge: Esteban Suarez
Team: Emelio Barjau, Sebastian Suarez, Cesar Ruiz, Cesar Saldivar, Fidel Arteaga, Jorge Alcántara, Enrique Ramírez, Martha Alanís, José Luis Guerrero, Omar Vega.