Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Zia M. Hooker

M.Arch. 2019

Effete Architecture

Fabric, 2018, 12"w x 4"h x 9"d; 12"w x 6"h x 2.5"d

Effete Architecture is a “weak architecture,” pushing against a material language of allowability. It seeks to deconstruct where syntax favors power, where the collective mind punishes the formally and structurally unexpected. It challenges usual alignments of “strong” and “weak,” of who makes what thing. Here, Detroit unfurls itself. Buildings and in-between spaces disintegrate into alternate palettes of use, unfamiliar to the development-driven mindsets of professional practice. I cannot tell Detroit what it is or what it needs, but I can integrate. Here begins a degeneration of assumption, making space for the new. What is building? Model? Drawing? Sketch? Diagram? What is object? Other? Self? Collective? What is use?

Zia M. Hooker - Effete Architecture

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in 2020 in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so for another year, through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.