It should come as no surprise that Jennifer Siegal (LF ’03), whose Office of Mobile Design is known for sustainable design and innovative mobile structures, led a prize-winning team in the “Designing for Free Speech” challenge. OMD’s entry is Industrial Up-Cycling: the Pop-Up SoapBox, a movable flexible performance space made of recycled parts discarded by the aerospace industry. The team envisioned its creation in Union Square, NY, “because of its history as a venue and forum for free speech,” but the platform, mounted on an electric truck, will be able to be deployed for performances throughout the 5 boroughs.
The Designing for Free Speech challenge, inspired by the First Amendment, called on entrants to reimagine spaces in NYC for free speech, assembly and creative expression. It’s the brainchild of Theatrum Mundi in partnership with the AIA New York. This summer Pop-Up SoapBox will be in the Truck-A-Tecture exhibit at the Kaneko gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, and will join the other 9 challenge winners at the Designing for Free Speech Exhibition at AIA New York later this year.