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Jakob Sellaoui

http://www.jakobsellaoui.com

Vienna, Austria
Jakob Sellaoui is an Austrian-American architect based in Vienna.He graduated from the TU Vienna and Tokyo Institute of Technology as a MEXT Fellow. His Studio explores the complex realities of contemporary life, through the means of buildings, writings, objects and installations.His work has been awarded the Schütte-Lihotzky grant, the Ahead Award for Architecture and the Schindler Scholarship a.o.He is currently an architect in residence at the MAK Center for Art & Architecture in Los Angeles.

A Landscape of Things


A Landscape of Things


A visual journal of encounters during a trip through the marginal territories of Southern California and a call for an architecture of the periphery.
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  • Systemic changes

A Landscape of Things documents a journey through peripheral areas of Southern California. Neither urban nor rural, such places have culturally payed a subordinate role within the process of modernization. Not despite, but precisely because of its blurred boundaries the periphery reveals the debris and traces of an ecology of things, that are deeply intertwined. Agricultural production sites within desert dunes, interrupted by industrial wastelands, next to national parks, ghost towns and gas stations below freeways. The project critically revisits the myth of endlessness in the american west, not as a giant (empty) interior that can be occupied at will, but instead as assembly of pre-existing conditions, with all their uncomfortable overlaps and entangled realities. Blurring the boundaries between them, dissolving the conceptual necessity for foreground and background, it leaves us with a messy reality, or rather--a landscape of things.


A Landscape of Things


A Landscape of Things


A visual journal of encounters during a trip through the marginal territories of Southern California and a call for an architecture of the periphery.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

A Landscape of Things documents a journey through peripheral areas of Southern California. Neither urban nor rural, such places have culturally payed a subordinate role within the process of modernization. Not despite, but precisely because of its blurred boundaries the periphery reveals the debris and traces of an ecology of things, that are deeply intertwined. Agricultural production sites within desert dunes, interrupted by industrial wastelands, next to national parks, ghost towns and gas stations below freeways. The project critically revisits the myth of endlessness in the american west, not as a giant (empty) interior that can be occupied at will, but instead as assembly of pre-existing conditions, with all their uncomfortable overlaps and entangled realities. Blurring the boundaries between them, dissolving the conceptual necessity for foreground and background, it leaves us with a messy reality, or rather--a landscape of things.



Idea by

Jakob Sellaoui
Vienna
Austria
Jakob Sellaoui is an Austrian-American architect based in Vienna.He graduated from the TU Vienna and Tokyo Institute of Technology as a MEXT Fellow. His Studio explores the complex realities of contemporary life, through the means of buildings, writings, objects and installations.His work has been awarded the Schütte-Lihotzky grant, the Ahead Award for Architecture and the Schindler Scholarship a.o.He is currently an architect in residence at the MAK Center for Art & Architecture in Los Angeles.