“Lost House” converts a vacant city-owned lot into a communal place that honors the site’s forgotten domestic histories. It explores the ever-changing nature of the built environment— what remains or is erased over time, and what future possibilities may be.
405 Washington Street, in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester, is the site of a house that was originally built in the late 19th century and first owned by Amelia R. Damon, superintendent for several years of the South End Industrial School in Roxbury. The home underwent several owners, including, surprisingly, many women, and was ultimately foreclosured and demolished in the 70s. The upcoming installation, which consists of an open, filigreed structure and a communal bench, suggests both the traces of history and a proposal of the future, an object that stands alone but grows richer through the narrative of its site.
Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere
Together, Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere founded the Brookline-based architectural practice Gunadi Lamere Design in 2010. As a team, they are preoccupied with architectural craft at all scales, from furniture design to urban strategy, with the conviction that highly crafted design, quality, and longevity are intricately linked. Joel is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design and Homer A. Burnell Chair at MIT, where he has been teaching courses in architectural geometry, design, and representation since 2007. His research addresses the future of building practice, through innovation in emerging means and methods. Cynthia has led and managed projects ranging in scope and scale from residential renovations to campus design and master planning. Throughout her architectural career, she has been invested in the possibilities of typological innovation, questions of perception and promenade, and design strategies that allow site and urban scale to inform the architectural.