Neil Griess

Region: West

Cities are artifacts. They are the physical expression of systems beyond our individual control. Under these conditions, it can be difficult to pinpoint the forces acting on us and to see how they shift our intentions. In my work, I consider how the built environment sets the terms for our movements and interactions, how it reflects what we as a society think is possible. When we feel that there is no room for our impulses, we fall out of step with the anticipated functions of the landscape. We become aware of our surroundings. It can be a transformative moment.