Harvard Mailboxes

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

About .......................................................................................

New mailboxes
Completion: 1999

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Credits   ..............................................................................................................

  • Project Team
  • Hansy Better Barraza
  • Anthony J. Piermarini
  • Michael Cosmas
  • Photography
  • Anita Kan

Overview   ..............................................................................................................

In the age of the internet, the role/future of physical mail, and subsequently that of a formal mail distribution system, becomes increasingly questionable. By presenting itself as a physical matrix of the student body, the traditional mailbox system unfolds a unique and exciting moment: a moment of collectivity. The Mail-Slot System attempts to reinvent the typology by considering both its electronic nemesis, and its important distinction as a physical register of collectivity. The system deploys both a formal modality (a steel wall with approximately 320 mail slots) and a digital modality (a matrix of LEDs). Through these, it aims to become an important, vital element/extension to the student body— one that not merely “receives,” but, transgressing a traditionally passive role, also “transmits.”