Within American suburbia, city planning and zoning practices have left traditional living spaces isolated and surrounded by corporate zones for shopping, working, and recreation. Taking this as a starting point, L.E.FT investigates the zones of contact between the domestic and the corporate.
Squatville uses a subtractive approach to encroach upon the various corporate models that stimulate different functions of domesticity. The domestic becomes franchised into the corporate; next to a hotel, Home subtracts its bedrooms, next to a restaurant, its kitchen. Its degree-zero is its self-demise, a total parasite living on its surroundings.
L.E.FT is a NYC-based design collective comprised of architects Makram el-Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine, and Naji Moujaes.
Squatville is made possible, in part, through a generous contribution from the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the AUB Alumni Association of North America.