Investigating the urban condition, specifically committed to ecologically responsible and intelligent methods of building.
LOT-EK is an award-winning architectural design studio renowned in the architecture/design/art world for its sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials and space through the upcycling of existing industrial objects and systems. Their work has been exhibited in major museums, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Guggenheim and the MAXXI.
For more than 20 years, LOT-EK has been at the vanguard of upcycling the fundamental elements of industrial detritus as a basis for creative architecture. Cement mixers, tanker trucks, and, most recognizably, shipping containers are transformed through meticulous design into iconic retail, office, and residential spaces.
UP↑CYCLE will be an hour-long investigation of their provocative practice in the context of our ceaselessly hyper-productive and hyper-consumptive industrialized society. The film will intelligently weave economic, ecological and aesthetic critique to celebrate LOT-EK’s positive, engaged response to our current condition as a counterpoint to fatalist laments or idealized or escapist fantasies. While looking at the larger picture of global shipping networks and their partially hidden economies, the filmfollows the real-time transformation of 18 recycled shipping containers - sparks flying as they are collected, stacked and cut on the bias with acetylene torches - into Carroll House, the striking single family home in Brooklyn. Two additional projects by LOT-EK, currently under construction in China and South Africa, will also be part of the story.
UP↑CYCLE is being directed and photographed by THOMAS PIPER, an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker specializing in architecture, art and design subjects, most recently on the architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro.