The Last Resort

Harvard GSD Core II Studio | Boston, MA | Critic: Jenny French | Spring 2017

Published in Platform 10: Live Feed

The Last Resort is an experiment on architectural form generation that takes on the dialectic between the autonomous and the contextually grounded. The oscillation between pure syntax and site-specific elements is mediated by a speed-dating club program that imbues windows with personalities exhibited by modern-day “millennials”.

The omnipresence of social media among millennials has induced an unprecedented generational anxiety around the social image of self. More likely to define self-worth by the recognition of others, millennials are often ridiculed for their obsessive and careful control over their social media content. This insecurity is amplified in the dating scene, where validation from romantic interests is the primary metric for social success. Upending the conventions of courtship, the popularity of dating apps offers the discretion and convenience that allow for a meticulous curation of social image.

A speed-dating club for self-conscious millennials, the Last Resort explores behaviors engendered by this shift. The proposed windows exhibit various forms of self-consciousness by referencing facades of adjacent buildings in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, MA. These transpositions reverberate beyond the façade, forming spaces for self-conscious millennials to meet their counterparts in their preferred setting and format. While critical of the absurdity of arranged dating, the Resort is ultimately a celebration of the anxiety, fluster, deception, reorientation, and aspiration uniquely exhibited by millennials in our eagerness for company.