The floor is a medium of power. From a basketball court to the Senate Floor, and from a street intersection to the Trading Floor, floors establish the unspoken social order of space. They’re encoded with lines, textures, and platforms and they organize cultures, economies, and governments. The floor territorializes ground. It constructs boundaries separating things from nothing, figure from ground, built from natural, clean from dirty, and us from them.
The Floor Is Lava proposes the “Rug” as a format for re-territorializing urban space. As small and local spatial interventions situated atop existing floors, they aim to redistribute power by altering who “has the floor” in the public realm. These “Rugs” operate between paper and the city and at the scale of bodily interaction, rather than at the scale of capital. The floor is universal — it’s the architectural element we are almost always touching. It gives the discipline a medium for experimentation and a way to learn how to tinker with the world.