RE-TAGGING proposes a series of site-specific notations that literalize the finish schedule within a built environment, making visible the ecosystems of architectural sourcing. The project takes the form of tags and stickers that can be placed on any architectural surface or component. Each tag contains a simple annotation, such as CC-01, or ST-02, like in a typical finish schedule. These notated tags, referencing architectural contract documentation standards, tie each material to an online, live-updating resource schedule that correlates materials to the underlying logistical networks and commodity flows associated with the components of architecture. This approach offers an alternative to the traditional finish schedule, registering detailed information about each building material including point of extraction, live commodity values, constituent raw materials, embodied energy per unit, and labor footprint of production. As a strategy of post-occupancy literacy, these non-proprietary informational commons could help publics trace and track architectural production, giving more voice and agency to precarious ecologies, economies, and peoples. RE-TAGGING proposes a rough guerilla tactic for environmental transparency, operating as sharp graphic points disrupting the visual field of the built environment.

Featured in the Building Information exhibition at TU Berlin. Curated by Kadambari Baxi, Elisa R. Linn, Klaus Platzgummer, and Lennart Wolff. March 2022.

Featured in the Fulfilled exhibition at The Ohio State University. Curated by Ashley Bigham, February 2020. Photos courtesy of Outpost Office.

Prototype, 2020-2022

Project Leads: Daniel Jacobs, Brittany Utting

Design Team: Jianing Cui, Leah Hong