Andrew Keung

Lost and Folly


Lost and Folly

MTA Lost and Found Public Archive Complex. GSAPP Core I Studio 2016

Permanently misplaced objects are considered as displaced objects, objects in exile from their original homes.  

Such displaced objects in the MTA lost and found are submitted to the public archive at 14th St and Avenue A.

Here they are sorted into five sizes and assigned to five object houses.

The objects are curated and displayed by their respective ministers of displacement.

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5 Size Categories of Displaced Items:

xs -  phones, wallet items

s - books, stationary, accessories

m -  bags, purses, umbrellas

l - clothing items

xl -  weird objects, costumes, instruments          

Volumes of Displacement:

xs - sphere

s - triangular prism

m -  truncated pyramid

l - cylinder

xl - cube

Surface programming:

xs - Seating

s - Shelter

m - Play

l - entertainment

xl - convening


The underground objects and their homes are free for visitation.

The objects are monumentalized by the object houses that rise above the ground, and by displacing the surface they create five different surface conditions.


Serving us once again...

Each surface condition facilitates a specific public use and together they form a public square, allowing the displaced objects to once again be of use to humans.

In forming both the public square and the underground archives, the object houses serve as local landmarks that mirror the above and below ground spaces, serving to orient commuters as they transition between them.


Above:  Detailed models are cast within a large staggered section of plaster to reveal the underground and subway conditions of the design. at 1/8" = 1' scale this model weighed over 80lbs. 


Right: click-through some study models of casting paper elements inside a concrete block. This model was actually created by sawing the solid mass into two.