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OPENING: Unmaking the Bed, Unmaking New Orleans

  • Center for Architecture and Design 1000 Saint Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA, 70130 United States (map)

Unmaking the Bed is a research studio which focuses on the medicalization and domestication of everyday spaces. Unmaking the Bed proposes the analysis of a city by individuating the strategies that, informed by medical discourses, were deployed and instituted as the actual techniques of its reification. The site for this analysis is the city of New Orleans. Unmaking the Bed, Unmaking New Orleans is an exhibition of 10 architectural projects by students of Rice Architecture during the 2018 spring semester.

Join us on the opening night for an informal panel with Irene Keil, Michael Stanton, and Carlos Jimenez, moderated by Piergianna Mazzocca and Patrick Daurio. The discussion will begin around 5:30pm.

Presented by Rice Architecture in collaboration with AIA New Orleans. Supported by the Evans family and Rice Architecture. Organized by Piergianna Mazzocca, Gus Wortham Fellow at Rice Architecture, and Patrick Daurio, designer at OJT.


About the Panelists


Carlos Jiménez

Carlos Jiménez teaches both undergraduate and graduate studios and a seminar on architecture, film, literature, and music case studies. He began his teaching career at Rice as a visiting critic in 1987 and as full time faculty in 1997. Professor Jiménez graduated with honors from the University of Houston College of Architecture in 1981, receiving best thesis and best portfolio awards. He established, Carlos Jiménez Studio, in Houston in 1983. He has taught at numerous universities in addition to frequently acting as lecturer, Juror and Visiting Critic at universities and cultural institutions in the US and internationally. He was a long-term jury member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2001-2011).

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Irene Keil

Irene Keil is a practicing architect, working in New Orleans and Berlin. With architectural degrees from Germany and the United States, she initially worked in both countries on a range of civic and commercial projects with firms such as O.M.Ungers in Cologne, Juergen Sawade in Berlin, and Studio Works in Los Angeles. In 1989 she opened her own firm in Berlin and New Orleans where she has worked since on projects ranging from urban design proposals and competitions to large scale building projects and small scale interiors.

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Michael Stanton

Michael Stanton currently practices architecture and cultural studies at the Maryland Institute of Art. His design work has been awarded four times by the ACSA and won the Young Architect's Award from the Architectural League of New York, the Biennial Steedman Prize and been selected for Progressive Architecture awards plus winning several competitions, including recently a tower in Abu Dhabi. He was a Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome in 1990-91 and the first Aga Kahn Traveling Fellow in 1980. He has published two book chapters, one on the African-American city, and many articles of art and architecture criticism in the journalsVolume, Log, Perspecta, Archis, Modulus, Full Bleed, The International Journal of Islamic Architecture and Bauwelt among others. He has lectured and exhibited his work extensively in the Americas and Europe.

He has taught at several American universities, including Tulane for most of the 1990's, and in Denmark and Lebanon, where he was Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Beirut. He has directed study programs for these schools in Italy and he co-founded and directed eleven international workshops in Venice and Barcelona.


About the Studio

This exhibition collects the work of 10 undergraduate architecture students from Rice School of Architecture during the 2018 spring semester.

Being the result of a research studio notwithstanding, these projects ask more questions than they provide concrete answers. Contrary to a more pragmatic approach, our methods consist of investigating and problematizing instead of proposing solutions. We present no masterplans, no grandiose gestures. As stated in the title of the studio, we are more interested in unmaking things. But what are the objects of this unmaking, exactly?

Entitled Unmaking the Bed, the studio focuses on the medicalization and domestication of everyday spaces by interrogating the bed as the device and site of intersection for health, technology, hygiene, nurturing, servitude, repression, intimacy, modernity and domesticity, among other things. Our work surveys, in very broad terms, the spaces—beyond the hospital and the home—occupied by beds as a means of mapping the organization of welfare and public assistance.

The site for this analysis is the city of New Orleans. Students were encouraged to respond to this collective site by questioning the architectural types that have, historically, allowed for a reading of domestic life as it is separated from sickness, death, strangers, nature, and the other (i.e. The Hospital, The Cemetery, The Garden, The Hotel, and The Townhouse). Then, by taking these types as a given, students had to project strategies that reexamined their established arrangement of space and the expected interactions these have in our everyday life. Therefore, each project is first a collective effort to define a city by its architectural types and then an individual contribution that puts forward a personal architectural agenda. Each project, within their own particular contingencies, sought to unmake the premises upon which a good architecture is one that normalizes, standardizes, and sanitizes the spaces we inhabit.


Curatorial Team: Piergianna Mazzocca, Patrick Daurio, David Costanza and Emma Scott

Studio Instructor: Piergianna Mazzocca

Research Assistant: Yixin Zhou

Students: Andrew Bertics, Samantha Ding, Lara Hansmann, Rachel Kim, Sarah Lumelsky, Kristi Maulding, Madeleine Pelzel, Ilya Rakhlin, John Rudd, and Huidi Xiang

Featured Image: Central City Neighbourhood, Drawing by Lara Hansmann