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Rethinking Nomadic Structures

Sunday December 16th, 2001
6:00 pm

The Storefront for Art & Architecture,
97 Kenmare Street, NYC (corner of Lafayette Street)
tel: 212-431 5795

Nomads & Residents will present an evening with artists and architects who deal with nomadic structures and social spaces in the form of tents and refugee housing.

Dre Wapenaar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Suzan Wines and Azin Valy of i-beam design, NYC

Dre Wapenaar
is a sculptor and musician based in Rotterdam.

"And then, one day, I made a tent. It was a nice moment when I left the work on sculptures behind and moved into the world of tents. I think tents are great meeting points for people. To work on directing the quality of meeting is something I couldn't do so much with sculpture. I use tents because tents speak a language, which is well known all over the world. You don't need to explain anything with them. When you place a high-tech tent next to an ancient tent, I think there will be an exchange of communication. I first started with a normal tent, THE FAMILY TENT. Then slowly I started to design tents for special occasions. I also started to employ other elements to get people move into the tent, like a COFFEE STAND. People won't enter the tent just for aesthetic reasons, they will go inside in the first place to drink a cup of coffee. I made THE TOILET TENT. For me, it still is a sculpture, a live sculpture.

i-beam design
I-Beam Design was founded by Suzan Wines and Azin Valy in 1998. I-Beam Design is an architecture and design firm whose approach to architecture is based on the principal that space as a fluid medium should be adaptable and responsive to site conditions and inhabitant's needs. We design flexible matrixes that are able to evolve according to changing environmental factors and input from the users. This expansive approach leads to dynamic and playful solutions. Each project is treated as a unique set of relationships, and the design emerges from an analysis of the parallels between the existing infrastructure, natural and cultural identity of the site.

They will talk about the project PALETTE HOUSE TRANSITIONAL REFUGEE HOUSING PROPOSAL, an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. The Palette House is made of wooden shipping palettes.