The Allen Street study seeks to question the fantasy of the “public realm” in the discourse of architecture. The project attempts to create a utilitarian public amenity which plays with inherent contradictions: shelter without shade, public hygiene with luxurious materials, and public domesticity. Architects fulfill the tropes of public space which equate vegetation to pleasure, amenity with mistreatment, and privacy to crime. As a result we are left without access to bathrooms, fountains, intimate and secluded spaces, and many other spatial typologies which used to serve as a crucial cultural tissue situated firmly in the public domain. These images question the relationship between the inhabitant of the city and potential public infrastructural amenities.
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