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16 Jan 2018
Having a baby changes your perception of the city. Suddenly, things become less accessible: trams are difficult to lift a pram into, there is no space in your favourite cafe to change a nappy and events happen at night while you soothe your baby to sleep—and so the trials of new parenthood are mostly screened off from public view. (Some public institutions do offer parenting facilities, but they are usually hidden away next to the toilets.)Collaborative duo Guest, Riggs will invert this private spectacle and take you with them, by turning OMA’s MPavilion 2017 into a public performance of the banalities of new parenthood, where the rotating grandstand of Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten’s amphitheatre-style structure will raise nappy-changing to new cultural heights, and where comfortable seating will support open-air breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Guest and Riggs take OMA’s statement that the space could function as a playground literally: the floor will be given over to babies’ exploits, made possible with a series of baby-friendly interventions within the pavilion.Across four events in this summer program, a rolling line-up of speakers will address the exclusion of parents from cultural events and the architecture of new parenthood.