Thesis work, UC Berkeley 2019. Title taken from the Daniel Burnham quote: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work”.
A fragment: “is in itself a totality in its detached individuality, but, at the same time, the partiality of its content and its ineliminable reference to incompletion mark it as ‘the exergue of the total, infinite work’.” (German romantic poet, Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel)
This project engages the architectural fragment as a an organizational tool of labor, as non-reformist reform. Which, according to french socialist Andre Gorz “does not base its validity and its right to exist on capitalist needs, criteria, and rationales. A non-reformist reform is determined not in terms of what can be, but what should be”.
The built fragment could act as an architectural Ice-9 (a fictitious form of frozen water from Vonnegut’s Cats Cradle): “‘a seed…a tiny grain of the undesired crystal pattern. The seed, which had come from God-only-knows-where, taught the atoms the novel way in which to stack and lock, to crystallize, to freeze. Now think about cannonballs on a courthouse lawn or about oranges in a crate again,’ he suggested. And he helped me to see that the pattern of the bottom layers of cannonballs or of oranges determined how each subsequent layer would stack and lock. ‘The bottom layer is the seed of how every cannonball or every orange that comes after is going to behave, even to an infinite number of cannonballs or oranges.’”