Vobis & Forrest Show Their Many Sides in Places Magazine
Aaron Forrest (Assistant Professor, Architecture) and Yasmin Vobis (Critic, Architecture) are featured in a series of articles in Places magazine where a range of architects explore the relationship between the domestic structure of fairy tales and the imaginative realm of architecture. The series is curated by the architects Kate and Andrew Bernheimer.
Vobis and Forrest selected the fairy tale Flatland by the English schoolmaster Edwin A. Abbott, which was published in 1884. The plot centers around a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures and in which women are lines and men are various degrees of polygon. The rub is that in Flatland your status is tied to the regularity and number of sides you have, thus women are condemned to lead a low status and ethereal existence, while men are ranked with triangles at the bottom and circles existing as almost deified ‘perfect’ shapes at the top. While, the inhabitants of Flatland can not conceive of a world with more than two dimensions in life they can dream of other dimensional worlds and are visited by a sphere from Spaceland at the the turn of each millennium, who is tasked with trying to lead them through education into the third dimension. It is needless to say a satirical novel of great complexity and contemporary relevance.
In the article Vobis and Forrest not only outline their own thoughts and relationship to Flatland, but also design and ponder upon an architectural sculpture inspired by the novel and based upon the characters in Flatland, but extruded into three dimensions.
Fairy Tale Architecture: Flatland can be found here