Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2020

Emily Baro
Anti, Anti-Objects: How We Create, Interact With, and Disrupt Them

Anti, Anti-Objects: How We Create, Interact with, and Disrupt Them explores Manhattan's expectation of its society through the lens of hostile public architecture. The term “hostile architecture,” in the context of this thesis, targets problem spaces such as anti-objects and beauty versus functionality, both of which involve the concept of unwelcoming structures that ward off certain demographics. Anti-objects are defined as ironic objects that counteract the original intent of the invention. An example of this would be a public bench that, through design, allows people to sit on it without becoming comfortable enough to want to lay down or stay for an extended period of time. Beauty versus functionality describes objects and architecture that are made to look beautiful and compliment a space, while deterring certain crowds and the original intended use of the object. My thesis seeks to bring awareness to the underlying intentions of these public structures, and asks the audience – being commuters, people in transit, or homeless, to engage in counteracting hostile things. Through education, disruption, and collaboration, this project challenges what structures are placed where within public spaces, and how this reflects on what a city expects from its society. Taking a break from our daily interactions with public space during the Covid-19 pandemic has provided me with a quiet window of opportunity that has allowed for the presentation of a new, alternative way for the audience to view and respond to hostile architecture. Those who encounter Anti, Anti-Objects: How We Create, Interact with, and Disrupt Them, will reenter public space with an informed, conscious outlook that will harvest new uses, counteractions, and change in public space.

Yehia Abouseif

Nia Acosta

Kamal Adisa

Sakshi Agarwal

Sejal Aggarwal

Lily Saeli

K.C. Amable

Sulamita Javier Balanutsa

Emily Baro

Emily Bergerson

Xiujie Bi

Sonja Briney

Kayla Van der Byl

Dahee Byun

Kimberly Chan

Krish Chandiramani

Militza A. Rodríguez Charr

Julie Yu Chen

Xingman Cheng

Habin Cheong

Kristen Chik

Paloma Corrigan

Misha Dhanoolal

Vicky Fan

Vincent Garcia

Cyril Gordon

Yangchen Maya Gruben

Maria Guardazzi

Gideon Gulko

Esra Gumrukculer

Aanya Gupta

Arani Halder

Bobby Hill

Jinghan Hu

Olivia Hunter

Sejung Hwang

Geddes Alexander II

Jyudeh Maximilian Russ Jarrett

Madison Jennings

Won Kyung Jung

Inga Kan

Suji Kang

Ayse Yaren Kaya

Prithi Khalique

Shanjida Kibria

Celine Kim

Seowon Kim

Suah Kim

Youjong Kim

Rasheka Krishan

Eli Lederberg

Grace Ledoux

Alicia Lee

Hyunseo Suzy Lee

Natashia Lee

Rachel J. Lee

Yoo An Lee

Tiffany Leung

Emily Li

Sinong Li

Qiyao Lin

Jiayi Liu

Sichao Liu

Morella Tovar M

Ares Maia

Sophia Marinelli

Julia McGillicuddy

Sanika Mehta

Eleni Mentis

Anthony Muchai Muiruri

Daniel Mullins

Meredith Nelson

Ruowen Niu

Catalina O'Connor

Hyun sun Ohm

Carolyn Olaguivel

Lorna Oppenheim

Kyle Palma

Anastasia Contos Papakonstantinou

Brendon Park

Jimin Park

LeeJun Park

Sanha Park

Tommy Park

Tunchanok Patana-anake

Sean Phan

Delaney Poitras

Vincent Privitera

Jhoenny Ramirez

Taylor Sade Raschillo

Zhen (Yoomi) Ren

Elizabeth Richards

Rachel Rudolph

Leoder Sanchez

Maria Sanchez

Simon Sciacovelli

Shreya Shah

Seth Sharbono

Cindy Shi

Mimi Shih

Avni Shivkumar

Arunima Sinha

Shivam Sinha

Jason Decker Sloves

Bailey Storms

Tingyu Su

Yuchen Su

Kelt Tobunluepop

Kiana Toossi

Shivani Toshniwal

Jeanette Tran

Valerie Trisnadi

Yi-Chieh Tsai

Manasi Vashi

Emil Waldron

Isabella Wang

Jingyi Wang

Yuzheng Wang

Sophie Westfall

Ellie Wolfond

Jiapei Wu

Andy Yang

Xinchen Zhang

Yujing Zhang

Evelin Susan Fung Zhong

Evgeniya Zykova