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Twenty years ago, a girl moved to a new city. She spent the first few weeks walking and investigating, then built a hidden residence inside a billboard sign from which she could watch the city move and react beneath her, unaware of her presence. As time passed, she tricked the city into revealing all its secrets; however, it soon became clear that she must insert her own into the voids left by her intrusion, in order to maintain the delicate urban equilibrium. As an architect, the girl is predisposed to notice conditions that are unstable or unresolved, so she decides to reciprocate the city’s unintentional generosity by stabilizing these issues. The fix is only temporary: these devices are not designed as permanent solutions, rather to act as a palimsestic functional layer that may be efficiently absorbed back into the communal organism.
Elizabeth Stevenson is a Canadian artist and architectural designer who relocated to Wichita, Kansas in 1998. She lives and works out of the Fisch Haus, an art organization in the Commerce St. Art District, and is active within the community as an advocate of cultural and urban development.