ARCHITECTURE FOR TRAVELERS
Architecture for Travelers is an interdisciplinary conversation about home, and a collaboration with Lynn Xu and our families. It began during a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and so far it has taken form as:
a walk across Texas from Galveston Island to Marfa
a series of photographs taken during the walk, printed for exhibition and collected in a book
another book (of poetry and prose) that explores travel, collaboration, and architecture
an experiment in building that resulted in a house
an occasional residency for artists and writers
"A walk is always filled with significant phenomena, which are valuable to see and feel."
—Robert Walser, The Walk (trans. Christopher Middleton)
The walk began on November 10th at UTMB on Galveston Island, Texas and ended December 20th at 404 West Galveston Street in Marfa, Texas.
SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT ONE-HOUR INTERVALS
Since we met in 2007 we've lived in five countries, seven states, and more than twenty apartments. Some years ago, we decided it was time to find a place we could call home—somewhere to consolidate the things our parents kindly stored for us, locate the main office of the small press we edit, and start a family. Driving from Berkeley to Houston in the winter of 2009, we fell in love with West Texas. We got married there on March 24th, 2012, in Marfa, and that same June threw caution to the wind and purchased a small lot on the south side of town. By fall we had moved to Stuttgart for a year-long residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude. There we had the pleasure of living with architects, composers, dancers, film-makers, visual and performance artists, and others, and conversations with them and with our families transformed the idea of construction into a collaborative experiment. Because of work, we now split our time between Marfa and Chicago, and we occasionally use our house as a residency for other artists and writers when we're away. Among those who have spent time there so far are Yang Licai, Mathias Svalina, and Naomi Reis. A number of month-long residencies are being planned for 2019.
Lynn’s Notes on Building . . .
August 8, 2014, an auspicious day on the lunar calendar, marks the first real day of building. Our construction permit was approved on the 4th and, on the 6th, Josh's parents drove in with a trunk-full of produce and power saws. On our lot, which measures 6,746 square feet, we've planned two buildings: a main house (where we will live) and a casita (where we will host artists, architects, writers, and friends). We decided to build our south-facing casita first, which, with clerestory windows in the front and back, will be an open floor-plan of 600 square feet. We hope to use this site as a sort of building diary.