Agency in 3 Acts
San Fratello will discuss the actions and interventions her architecture practice uses to disrupt or call attention to current political, social or environmental issues. She will discuss 3D printing with waste materials such as rubber tires and sawdust for architectural and interior applications and she will share her long-term project, Borderwall as Architecture, an important re-examination of what the 700 miles of physical barrier that divide the United States of America from the United Mexican States is and could be.
San Fratello draws, builds, 3D prints, teaches, and writes about architecture and interior design as a cultural endeavor deeply influenced by craft traditions and contemporary technologies. She is a founding partner in the Oakland based make-tank Emerging Objects. Wired magazine writes of their innovations, “while others busy themselves trying to prove that it’s possible to 3-D print a house, Rael and San Fratello are occupied with trying to design one people would actually want to live in”. She also speculates about the social agency of design, particularly along the borderlands between the USA and Mexico, in her studio RAEL SAN FRATELLO. You can see her drawings, models, and objects in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.