POST-POST OCCUPANCY: A MONUMENT'S AFTERLIFE

Essay published in POST magazine's issue no. 04.

ABSTRACT: This paper speculates on the potential of post-post-occupancy—the contentious moment when a significant piece of architectures comes of age and faces probable demolition. As a case study, it analyzes an alternative "ending" proposed by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer for the now-condemned Prentice Women's Hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg. Not an architectural proposal in the traditional sense, the project employs design fiction to situate the existing building within its current controversial time and place. Hicks and Newmeyer stage a new narrative surrounding the building's afterlife that involves the speculative participation of "creative agents" that advance the architecture of Goldberg's building precisely by not saving it from its imminent destruction. By elevating the act of demolition into an open-ended spectacle that people can rally around, post-post-occupancy becomes a collector of community and civic memory.

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