Maurer United Architects
Dutch architecture is easily some of the most playful and experimental architecture in the world. In school, I developed a strong interest in graffiti and it's potential for aesthetic exploration in architecture and also it's relationship to the city as a constantly changing collection of art. This interest was fueled by a project I had in Doug Garafolo's studio at UIC, where we designed a skatepark in Grant Park. (to see my design for that studio, click here.)
Skateboarding, graffiti, architecture and urbanism all were my focus for around 5 months during school and it is something I'm still developing while I work on various media (architecture, graphic design, painting, drawing, clothing, etc). Maurer United Architects is a firm that is capable to do very modern, minimal and graphic architecture as many Dutch architects do, but MUA is experimental and free enough to work with graffiti artists and design skateparks, bowls and urban furniture. The project that really caught my eye was their work with ZEDZ, a graf artist (below). They're a firm I check up on regularly to see what their studio is working on.