Join us at the BRIDGE Storefront for the last night of the 1B Exhibition, Salvage.
Opening night and Galt Love were hugely successful. The exhibition continues tomorrow, Sat. March 3 for its last day. Everyone is welcome to come!
Living in a house is the most basic form of involvement in society. It gives us a sense of belonging, safety, and rest. These places are where we spend most of our time—they are both private and public, closed and open. Being a physically prominent part of our neighbourhoods, they identify us to society by both responding to our personal needs and to the environment. The street remains a space of complete openness, as we make our way from there to our living room, kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom, we gain a level of privacy and personality not afforded to us by the earlier frontier. Being without a home, is being without this privacy.
Salvage exhibits 18 potential living configurations to accommodate two or four unrelated people. In an attempt to better integrate homeless people into society, these dwellings act as a transitional homes. With this in mind, the houses are designed for modularity and prefabrication to allow residents to express their creativity by arranging the home to fit their needs. The aspiration for creativity is a natural desire found in every person. As our dwellings reflect us—our needs, our wants, our lives—they become representations of both the best and worst aspects of ourselves.
Over the course of four weeks, 1B students were challenged with designing such a dwelling in Galt. Two blocks of property were divided into 18 separate lots, which were assigned to groups of 4 or 5 students. Together, they designed, detailed, and lightly furnished these prefabricated, modular homes. Each house is detailed with all home essentials such as heating, cooling, lighting, and plumbing. Through this project, students learned of the importance of living conditions and arrangements, as well as clearly diagramming their ideas.