The first Monday of every October is World Architecture Day as sanctioned by the International Union of Architects (UIA) to promote good architecture and to raise public awareness about architects. The United Nations recently designated the same day as World Habitat Day. This year's theme is 'Architecture and Human Rights" - the local architect's institute (PAM) decided to build an architectural installation to commemorate the day.
The result is “Cardboard City” – inspired by the resourcefulness of the homeless and forgotten (discarded humanity) in crafting a shelter for themselves using cardboard, plastic sheeting and other refuse (discarded material) with the aim of prompting questions and discussions about every humans’s right to decent shelter.
|the job-site at the Spring shopping mall - 10 p.m. 2nd Oct|
|peggy and melvin with recycled soy milk bottle lights|
|construction starts at 1 a.m. 3rd Oct|
|Nearing completion (and exhaustion)|
|some members of the construction team at 6 a.m. 3rd Oct|
|the cardboard city lights up!|
|3 p.m. the Mayor visits with members of the Architect's Institute|
|The shopping trolley completes the picture|
As we speak, more pieces of cardboard architecture are being built and added to the 'City' - Peggy and Joseph's furniture will go on display on Wednesday.