An installation created by SCI-Arc alumni Benjamin Ball (M.Arch '94) and Gaston Nogues (M.Arch '93) of Ball-Nogues Studio picked up an Innovation Award from the organizers of the 2009 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (Dec 09/Jan 10).
Built to Wear, a hanging architecturally scaled structure comprised of 10,000 clothing items, was created for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale by Ball-Nogues Studio in collaboration with American Apparel and a group of 30 volunteers from Shenzhen.
Each garment part of the installation served the dual role of building component and individual article of clothing. Over the course of the Biennale, the installation was dismantled and the T-shirts, tank tops and dresses were distributed to exhibition visitors.
By using the garment as its basic building block, the project by Ball-Nogues Studio expanded and critiqued notions of "green" architecture, while activating public space through consumption. Outside of its environmental commentary, the project re-contextualized the clothing item – a symbol of mass consumption – into an alternative gesture of hope.