Amuse bouche for the millennial bunch. My research has begun on pop-ups. To be clear, my thoughts are consumed with primarily culinary endeavors as they apply to the phenomenon and not the pop-up retail that is more prevalent in popular media. So in my writings and exhibits you will notice the term ‘pop-up’ refers to the food type, is the context that threads my research, and is what primarily holds my interest. This isn’t to say other pop-up ventures do not apply – I think they very much will round out my theoretical underpinnings/research and are very applicable when trying to answer the questions that I have. But more decidedly, the focus will be food related.
Restricted access is back in fashion. After living in Austin, Denver and now Seattle and visiting all large US cities, I have been continually delighted by pop-ups. It makes city living so enjoyably entertaining and speaks to my generation as something non-committal, non-conforming and extremely and restrictively exclusive. In a time where you can satisfy any curiosity through a painfully obvious keyword search via your smart phone, getting the instant scoop has opened up a different kind of interest, one that keeps us on our toes and away from the brain-numbing autopopulated google search bar. Things that are harder to reach, harder to breakdown into simpler formulas, harder to solve immediately are therefore more mysterious have won the vote. Looking at it as less a trend and more a staple far from being over, I have been meddling with what it means for our urban condition and, more specifically, what it means for our urban landscape.
Architecture is always trying to fix something that ain’t broken. Here goes my brain with the thoughts I have been consumed with and my level of personal interest in the project – formulated in the form of the following questions. What effects does it have on our physical environment if they are, by very nature, temporary and fleeting? How can something incapable of permanence be architected? It’s a system moving outside the establishment, so how can architecture (a systems way of thinking) aid the movement? Because I postulate this new business model is permanent, I am ahead of the game by providing a level of permanence through the physical spaces they occupy.