2. Changing Parts
Inspired by the important symbolic and functional roles of the metal column headers in the mostly brick and wood building, we designed a series of new parts for the building’s renovation toolkit. These new parts not only contribute to the structural rehabilitation of the building by bringing material forces in reciprocity, but also suggest at social force transfers – doubling as spatial connectors, dividers, and frameworks. To fabricate the parts, we worked with the artists at 555 to design custom sand molds that allowed each metal pour to retain a hard-edged “controlled” portion and a soft-edged “overflow” portion, playing with the idea of introducing difference within standardization.