DISCLAIMER: This is an historical document. Superbrutalism: An Architecture for Muzak began within the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2000 and was completed in 2001. At this point, design as a form of research and research as a form of design still appeared to hold promise.
Now, however, this kind of problem-based methodology seems much less interesting. Rather than creating objects in a world with too many of them, we work to uncover and articulate the realities those objects constitute and bury.
Architecture becomes, for us, a tool for research uninhibited by operative solutions. Relieved from physicality, we use the tools of architecture to understand the contemporary city and the role of the individual within it. In 2003, our research on Muzak will be reconstituted as the Stimulus Progression.