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Oasis of Free Love

Yuxin WU, Junxi LU / China


Describe a marginalized person you choose.

  • Age   27

  • Sex   Female, but they did sex reassignment surgery when they was 22 years old. she was born in male

  • The person’s major condition you are trying to deal with.

1. This person is trans-gender who immigrated from India to USA around 2008 because her parents wouldn't acknowledge her gender identity. They is currently living in Chicago, USA. They had several surgeries in the past 4 years. They are slowly adjusting to their new body condition.

2. They are looking for more intimate connections to queer community in Chicago and wants to get more acceptance from the surrounding.

3. Their biggest fear is when they got stared from people on the street.

* Notes: All the text, We use this person's gender neutral pronouns ( "They/Their" to replace"She/Her" and "He/Him".)
A preferred gender pronoun or a personal gender pronoun is one of the third-person pronouns that an individual prefers that others use to identify that person's gender

  • Describe the design intent for the chosen person.

1. Our design is inspired by the temporary street food stand. They loves a night taco food stand in Pilsen,Chicago because they said “people will not judge my gender identity, everybody equally enjoys yummy food there ”.

2.We are using mostly soft, stretchy fabric as our primary material selection. Its flexibility brings more possibilities to space itself. They can easily adjust the space according to their needs. They never subscribes herself to specific gender identity. so we want the space to be fluid to fit their perspective on gender identity.

3. We explain the idea of gender hybridty through using both futuristic sliver color and neutral body tone color. we want to invite more local queers to this space. It will connect them with the local community.

4. The production and construction for this project is designed to be easily put together and take apart for them. because we want to create an movable oasis for them to connect with the more queer community world wide. We believe that emotional care given by material and architectural form. The shelter also suggest a place to gather and have fun together in multiple sites.


Design Statement

Oasis of Free Love is a flexible space that speaks to multiple marginalized queers in the neighbourhood of Pilsen, Chicago, USA. It celebrates all queer identities and provides a safe haven for them to enjoy themselves while building a community of their own. Inspired by our friend, Sabiha’s journey of finding and settling in Chicago with their chosen family after being rejected by her biological parents in India due to their gender identity; we aspire to provide spaces for these marginalized individuals, a place where they could feel belonged. Quoting Mason Leaver-Yap’s words from Dressing Room, “A room is a space in which walls will separate you from others, sometimes by choice and sometimes by force.” Architecture is all about drawing boundaries and defining power, while queerness on the other hand, defies itself from subscribing into already defined categories. Queerness is non-binary, as opposed to Architecture, that seems to deal exclusively in binaries (e.g., inside/outside, public/private).

In our early design stage, we chose the food stand as a design reference to create a shelter for a marginalized queer who is living in Pilsen after our conversation with them. Food stand is an universal urban figure, it appears on streets from West to the East. In South Korea, people call it Po-jang-ma-cha, In America, people called it food stand. We are inspired by this vernacular architecture. It demonstrates both fluidity and mobility throughout different cultures. As a temporary architecture, it transcends the boundaries between public and private. It is Queer-Architecture.

We select three features from a food stand in Pilsen, a half opened structure, a light weighted infrastructure and a warm light. This installation has a dome, an entry on the side, a lamp above the celling and a bed in the room. We design an architecture akin to dressing a body by using stretchable fabrics in nylon or cotton, and recycled theater sliver sheer curtain, with partially exposed metal skeleton to intimate spaces of a body. Dressing one’s body is about address one’s physicality and psyche, enacting a choice regarding what is revealed and concealed to the world.

This installation is a bricolage of all the construction material from a diverse range of available things. It is designed to be easy taking apart for future application on other potential construction. We bolt connector to connect the pre-manufactured metal structure together, and attached fabric around the metal structure on site. We encourage the local community to participate in the process of installing.

We see architecture, not as a structure imposed around its inhabitants, but something that is continually adapting itself to the varied needs and fluid identities of the people who find themselves in its care.

Notes: All the text, We use this person's gender neutral pronouns ( "They/Their/Them" to replace"She/Her/Hers" and "He/Him/His".)
A preferred gender pronoun or a personal gender pronoun is one of the third-person pronouns that an individual prefers that others use to identify that person's gender.