Future 50: Frida Escobedo 01.08.13

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"Architecture, beyond responding to our practical needs, makes manifest certain hopes and aspirations that are dormant in our collective consciousness," says Frida Escobedo, who has a Masters in Art, Design and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2006, after three years working with Alejandro Alarcón with whom she founded the studio Perro Rojo, she set up practice on her own. Last year her work was on show in the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Her studio is currently working on the Civic Stage for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale: "I decided to rethink the relationship between audience and speaker," she says. "Instead of creating a pedestal, the surface tilts depending on how much audience the speaker has, making manifest the 'weight' of the role of the listener. Its circular shape allows some other spontaneous manifestations, such as a gigantic public round table, or a surface where skateboarders can play."

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