Commodity 2505

Territory has been commoditized.

The United Nations Comtrade database classifies “territory” under Commodity Code 2505. Today, the economics of global construction projects have transformed Commodity 2505 from the rawest of raw materials into global commodities, the second-most extracted substance on earth after only water, shipped hundreds of miles and across international borders, held in actuarial suspension alongside thousands of other goods.

Commodity 2505 is the vector that transforms territory into architecture — but you probably know it as “sand”.

Commodity 2505 was exhibited at Knowlton School of Architecture as part of “Fulfilled”, an exhibition organized by Outpost Office, February 2020.

All exhibition photos credit Outpost Office / Knowlton School of Architecture
Drawing Agency LLC is a design and research practice based in New York City founded by Galen Pardee (Assoc. AIA), with projects in New York, California, and Colorado. Drawing Agency’s work has been published widely and exhibited in the United States and abroad, including the Chicago Architecture Biennal and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Director Galen Pardee teaches at Columbia University GSAPP; he was the 2019-2021 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture, and has taught architecture and landscape architecture studios at Barnard University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Tennessee. Galen holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, and a BA in Politics cum laude from Brandeis University.


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