the FIRM

Brian Kim, B.Arch ’20

SP. 20

Instructor: Hadrian Predock

The FIRM is a practice that facilitates guerilla urbanism that people can adopt and adapt in their respective urban environments. The practice provides the groundwork and basis for proactive, subversive urban change. The FIRM believes in undermining authoritative figures, groups, and institutions in favor of the people.

The FIRM is a referential guide that exists as a background entity maintaining a separation from the consumers and revoking the need for practice recognition. Additionally, the practice does not demand constant activity but maintains constant availability (digitally).

The FIRM is interested in recoding urban spaces rather than rebuilding. The practice sees value in as-built urban conditions and considers the destruction of urban spaces an authoritative action. The practice looks at bottom up architecture’s methods and interventions that produce architecture that circumvents the regulations and rules of governing urban bodies.