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Tianying Li

Thesis project at the Cooper Union, advised by Michael Young, Anna Bokov, and Austin Wade Smith

We are intimately close to plastics. In architecture. They contribute to our fundamental sensory experience of a building by controlling the interior climate through invisible layers and elements between structure and enclosure. Plastics negotiate the boundary between nature and culture. We become both protected and entrapped by this impermeable material. By misusing ordinary plastic components, this project challenges the intimate feelings of domesticity, constructed by myths of hygiene and comfort. A set of interventions in a typical suburban house fosters a precarious relationship with rainwater. These attached parasites create a new entanglement between architecture and the environment.

Exhibited at What is Contemporary, the Cooper Union

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