Priceless

Priceless

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Wil Marquez imagines the home at 804 Eastern Avenue in an emotional mood – that is, the experience of receiving the “key” to your first home. The iconic memory displayed in commercials or when someone is surprised on prime time television is priceless.  This level of pride and joy belongs to and deserves to be part of St. Clair Place neighborhood. To inspire the pride of the first home key, Marquez is collecting found, salvaged, offered, gifted, and purchased house keys to create his installation on the front porch of the home. The keys are meant to celebrate the icon and pay respect to this emotional memory at 804 Eastern Avenue.

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I am impressed by our team and their commitment to examine this home, street, and neighborhood.Issues and ideologies related to vacancy are always complex. I personally can't imagine the dailymisperceptions this home must shoulder. Neglect invites nothings of value. The corner will for sure feellighter in the coming days.It is exciting that this team could be the difference in this homes future. It's important that as architects,arts, curators, and designers we develop a space for transformation and exchange to exist. I am always reminded of a quote by Japanese Architect Osamu Ishiyama. He said, “you’ve got to try to make an impact on the times you live in, and you’ve got to do it through your work, not through words”. I’m always inspired by the a level of place-making that moves a community of people from talk to action.

In looking at this project we positioned the home in an emotional mood – that is, the experience of receiving the key to your first home. The iconic memory displayed in commercials or when someone is surprised on prime time television is priceless. This level of pride and joy belongs to and deserves to bepart of St. Clair Place neighborhood. 804 Eastern Avenue deserves this level of pride and celebration.We are exploring our location and will collect found, salvaged, offered, gifted, and purchased house keys.A field of keys will inspire. We hope to advertise for the public and residents to participate by bringing unused house keys to the site to celebrate the icon and pay respect to this emotional memory at 804 Eastern Avenue.

Wil Marquez is the founder of w/purpose, an alternative practice in Urban and Public Design, and co-founder of Design Bank, a design cooperative and 3D printing makerspace. His work uses innovative design principles to probe ideas of public space and equity. Marquez is enthusiastic about the potential of the House Life Project to enact conversations about the problems caused by vacancy, creating a momentum of work around ideas for change.