JOCELYN FROIMOVICH, BENCE KOMLÓSI
Fábián Villányi, Ingvild Stokke, Juli Kéri, Koen Fraijman, Marta Ząbik, Tian Jiayi, Valentin Desmarais, Zita Técsi
TYPE public dwelling
Of the three primordial bodily functions that promote direct architectural manifestations, resting and sleeping has been the least integrated into the public realm. Its civic display is never prompted by a place designed for it. Sleeping is charged by social undertones that have historically tied this necessity to a bed within a dwelling. One can find people sleeping in a public situation – on a bench, in buses and trains, or lying on the sidewalk, if not a lawn – but it is always an outcome of deprivation. There is no public place designed for sleeping. Regardless of social class, income, or age, we are all tired and we could all use some rest. Sleepingtories exhibits these questions to the civic audience while proposing alternative ways of inhabiting our territories. Freed from the bed and the dwelling, the ultimate goal of the group was to design artefacts where people can publicly sleep: a portable sleeping bag of wood, a rolling wooden bed, and a community space for public sleeping.
Jocelyn Froimovich is an architect from Chile, who lives and works in New York. She studied in Universidad Católica de Chile and Columbia University. She has been a teaching assistant in both Universities. Jocelyn is a licensed architect in Chile and New York State. She has worked for Bernard Tschumi, Weiss Manfredi, and Izquierdo Lehmann Architects, participating in projects of various scales, locations, and programs, such as Le Rosey Concert Hall in Switzerland, LAIFEX offices in Dominican Republic, Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology University of Pennsylvania, and a number of international competitions. Since 2013, Jocelyn works as an independent practitioner in New York. She has collaborated in researches of diverse disciplinary natures, pursuing a longstanding interest in the relationship between the domestic and the urban. This topic has been followed through different investigations such as "A Sleepingtory for Bombay," "Atelier Bow-Wow's domestic Tokyo," and "Housing in Density - Transformation of the Central Zone of Santiago" respectively supported by Columbia University and Universidad Católica awards and fellowships.
Bence Komlósi is an architect, researcher, educator and activist. He studied at the TU Budapest, ETSA Barcelona, and ETH Zürich. He is currently doing his doctoral research at the MOME Budapest on the topic “Bottom-up shared-flat cooperatives for a more sustainable and resilient housing future in Hungary”. He is a teaching assistant at the TU Budapest. Democracy, sustainability, co-design, co-housing and bottom-up movements stand in the focus of his daily work and life. Bence is the co-founder of the “Community Living - Közösségben Élni” NGO and the “dotlinearchitects” architecture office. He has worked on competitions and projects such as “Bouwkunde - TU Delft”, “EASA - Green Room”, ”Housing - Zürich” and “Zollhaus - Zürich”. He published in Hungarian and international magazines like TRANS and ERA21. He writes blogs on topics such as “co-housing”, “an architect’s life,” and “research methodologies”. He lives in Zürich, working on both local and international projects.
Resting and sleeping has been merely integrated into the public realm. Eating-drinking has found a profusion of public manifestations – from leisurely picnics and terraces to rushed water fountains and food carts. Although urinating-defecating has been historically displaced as a private act, public toilets have been integrated to street life. Yet sleeping carries some other connotations and its civic display is never prompted by a place designed for it.
Transitory workers, homeless, urban slaves of hyper-productivity, over-scheduled children, tourists: we all sleep much less than what we biologically need. Current capitalist notions of productivity expand to many realms, opposing the dreams of a restful nap. Sleeping –and thus being awake– exemplifies the paradigm of economic growth carrying social and political implications that trespass the frontiers of pragmatism. As a part of Project Village 2015, Sleepingtories will exhibit these questions to the civic audience while proposing alternative ways of inhabiting our territories. Freed from the bed and the dwelling, the ultimate goal of this proposal is to design artifacts where people can publicly sleep.