(Bubble Apartments, Department Store, High Dive, Hovering Public Building, Atypical Core) This large-scale installation further develops the studio's ideas on past, current, and future buildings seen in the drawing insideoutsidebetweenbeyond, which SFMOMA acquired in 2015. Questioning the banality of the existing typical urban environment, Bureau Spectacular suggests that economic efficiency is driving its character-less buildings — and that, as monuments to civilization, modern cities' ubiquitous skyscrapers reflect a predictable, mono-cultural society. Reconsidering urban edifice inside, outside, between, and beyond the monotonous rectangular buildings seen in most city skylines, the exhibition offers an urban landscape littered with surrealistic forms and jarring environments. In this installation, Bureau Spectacular prioritizes the value of architecture over efficiency, imparting diverse urban sociology.
Federal Building (2017) is a fictional edifice in the fairytale land of structural fables. Inside this top-heavy building, the legal procedure becomes a sequence of transitions and destinations in a thickened circulation system. Along this journey of examinations, the rights or wrongs of human action become both paperwork and spectacles - an arrangement of both the back (evidence) and the front (argument) of architectural matters. As an architectural figure that hovers tall over a public square, the voices of protest are both distant and inaudible. This is the plight of the contemporary citizen of the world: a quantifiable demographics with no face and no voice.