MAS Context Spring Talks 2024

Outpost Office: Public Utilities

April 25-May 1, 2024

Public Utilities is an installation by architects Outpost Office at the Concéntrico Festival in Logroño, Spain. The installation has been supported by MAS Context.

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Public Utilities, Concéntrico 10, Logroño, 2024. © Outpost Office.

Public Utilities is the latest drawing in a series of large-scale public works by Outpost Office exploring the spatial potential of mark-making. Each installation utilizes GPS-controlled painting robots to create site-specific, building-size drawings at a 1:1 scale. The series employs measuring, delineating, and marking techniques to investigate architecture as the dynamic performance of spatial instructions. Each installation is water-soluble, non-toxic, and temporary, eschewing waste often associated with temporary architecture.

In Logroño, Outpost Office will install Public Utilities, a colorful installation inspired by modest utility markings on construction job sites. Often applied in bright, fluorescent colors, these preparatory markings indicate boundaries and provide instructions to workers. As instructions, these striking markings are usually indecipherable to passersby, but to the trained eye, they denote construction limits, survey markings, and utilities like power lines, gas, and communications. Public Utilities will activate multiple public spaces, including Plaza Primero de Mayo and two area schools with dynamic inscriptions that suggest new programs and patterns of use for existing public spaces. Working at multiple scales, these public instructions will suggest new organizations and pathways, but their precise use is open to civic interpretation. Visitors and residents observe and inhabit the enormous graphic pattern throughout the drawing process in a large public performance, all choreographed by a small drawing robot.

At its core, Public Utilities is part of an ongoing investigation into the civic potential of notation. Can we make architecture through drawing—not as instructions for building, but as space itself?

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Public Utilities, Concéntrico 10, Logroño, 2024. © Outpost Office.

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Public Utilities, Concéntrico 10, Logroño, 2024. © Outpost Office.

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Public Utilities, Concéntrico 10, Logroño, 2024. © Outpost Office.

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Public Utilities, Concéntrico 10, Logroño, 2024. © Outpost Office.

PROJECT CREDITS

Author: Outpost Office
Client:
Concéntrico
Institutional support:
MAS Context
Collaboration:
Turf Tank
Location:
Plaza Primero de Mayo and schools, Logroño, Spain

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