Space Saloon returned to the high desert of Southern California for the second annual iteration of its experimental design-build festival. FIELDWORKS was a week long community-in-residence program where teams of students and designers lived and worked together to develop site-specific projects which question notions of context and place.
Set in the San Bernardino mountains, between Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles, this outdoor campus provided an active and engaging atmosphere for collaborative learning.
Sited in Morongo Valley, DOTS is a permanent infrastructure conducive to flexible and temporary inhabitation. A grid - at five bays by five bays large - consists of moment resisting columns each outfitted with various sleeves for cross bracing and program attachment. The top of the columns, capped with mirrors, align to a datum regardless of the topography below.
DOTS provides a framework that creates a consistent proportion for different types of interventions. Together with participants, the project aims to design and build a number of scenarios that allow for flexible temporary in-habitation - an experiment in collective camping. These scenarios involve walls, shading devices, and camping platforms that can be partitioned in various configurations based on program size, orientations, landscape, and geography throughout the grid.
DOTS exists as a ‘stable’ configuration yet accommodates a number of ‘unstable’ interventions.
Gymnasium 1 MILLIØNS
“A rather austere diet, life in the open air, a thousand practices of strength, and flexibility, on the whole alpine climbs, for writing, are as good as ten libraries.”
--Michel Serres, Variations on the Body
Zeina Koreitem & John May
MILLIØNS is a Los Angeles-based architectural practice, founded by John May and Zeina Koreitem. MILLIØNS conceives of architecture as a speculative medium for exploring the central categories of contemporary life: technology, politics, energy, media, and information.
Zeina Koreitem is a registered architect in Beirut, Lebanon, a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Design Faculty at SCI-Arc. John May is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master in Design Studies Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Andrew Kovacs is a lecturer at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design. Kovacs studied architecture at Syracuse University, the Architecture Association in London, and Princeton University. From 2012 to 2013, Kovacs was the inaugural UCLA Teaching Fellow for which he produced GOODS USED: AN ARCHITECTURAL YARD SALE at Jai and Jai Gallery in Los Angeles. Kovacs’ work on architecture and urbanism has been published widely in publications such as Pidgin, Project, Perspecta, Manifest, Metropolis, Clog, Domus, and Fulcrum.
Kovacs is the creator and curator of Archive of Affinities, a website devoted to the collection and display of architectural b sides. His recent design work includes Colossal Cacti for Coachella, a proposal for a dog park in downtown Los Angeles, and the renovation of an Airstream trailer into a mobile retail store that travels the Pacific Coast Highway. He collaborates with L.A.-based architectural designer Erin Wright, who joined Office Kovacs over two years ago.