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ALÓS
Led by Lydia Xynogala is a practice for architecture and design producing buildings, environments, objects and stories. 






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Working with simple geometries and thoughtful details we explore relations between material properties, sites and cultural narratives at various scales.
Chemistry and the built environment is an ongoing research focus.


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Storefront Souvenir:
Exploded Fortress of Solitude



“First Stop South Bronx. These buildings do bear an amazing resemblance to the buttes of Utah. And it is wonderful how things have sped up. When the condemned structures are dynamited, I can see in a few minutes the erosion that in nature would take countless eons. The sight is indeed awe-inspiring.”
    —Mike Kelley



Object exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture

Souvenirs: New York Icons Exhibition, Sept. 16-Dec. 9, 2017


Exhibition Text:
Approaching the long narrow strait of the south Bronx a solitary fortress emerges in the horizon.

Attracting visitors from Manhattan or coming from the nearby Randall’s island Art Fair, passing boats in the waters of Bronx Kills dock momentarily to admire the magnificent view. In Port Morris, the resident artist community enjoys this new dramatic scenery. There, it is, the large printing facility of New York Post where it once constructed stories, myths and other facts. Years of misinformation have formed thick layers over the surface of actual events.



12,000 tons of waste were routed to the South Bronx, at a rate of 2-3 trucks per minute to be dispersed in the numerous recycling facilities nearby. Construction debris, concrete, dirt, brick, rocks, asphalt. One day they started to slowly pile up on top of the Post. Soon, other local waste followed. Nearby oil refineries joined in and even the brewery. The press stopped printing. Fermentation and molding ensued. This fortress is now in a state of erosion. Crushed slabs, sand and stone and even demolished monuments.

Developer plans for the waterfront and renaming the area the Piano District are scrapped. The nearby film studio is shooting new Westerns. As floods increase the mount becomes a refuge. While everyone is lamenting the loss of the Village Voice, this new composite taking over the Post is sparking joy throughout the City.

Team: Lydia Xynogala, Clara Dykstra