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The Sex Box Typology

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Celeste Pomputius

on 10 November 2013

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Transcript of The Sex Box Typology

Composition of Parts:

A Quick Recap of the Sex Box
August 26, 2013
Opened in Zurich, Switzerland
The sex boxes strive to provide a safer environment for sex workers
Prostitution is legal and only loosely regulated in Switzerland
The sex industry thrives
how is the sex box a composite typology?
regulated sequence of use
orderliness and cleanliness
As a new building type, does the sex box reference any projects of the past in terms of...
But FIRST...
FORM?
SEQUENCE?
LOCATION?
FUNCTION?
PROCESSION?
ACCESSIBILITY?
SCALE?
MASSING?
auto-centric project: requires a vehicle to use
rules clearly depict clients driving automobiles as exclusive users
the sex box is a legitimized place of business for the sex industry
privately located near the industrial rail yards--away from the general public
Flora Dora prostitute support group offers counseling
sex box stalls are designed for vehicles
Industrial Complex:
The Workplace Providing For Workers’ Needs



Lowell Mills, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1821

Red Light District:
Sanctioning a Public Place for a Private Act


Fast Food:
The Drive-thru State of Mind

Yoshiwara District, Tokyo Japan, 1660
White Castle, Wichita, Kansas, 1921
popularity explosion:
culture of the drive-thru
first example of a fast food operation
purchasing a product on-the-go
satisfying a demand
v.
Led to...
How does fast food influence the sex box?
industry centered around cars
White Castle
(Wichita, Kansas, 1921)
a specific area of the larger city designated to entertainment
Yoshiwara District
(Tokyo, Japan, 1660)
a company providing more than just employment, but a community
Lowell Mills
(Lowell, MA, 1821)
both projects are located away from the city center
the mills employed women and girls of all ages, but mostly young, unmarried women
the company began to provide amenities such as boarding houses
gradually expanded the company to a township
the Lowell Mills were a revolutionary
type of factory that housed all the processes of an industry under one roof
Similarly...
the sex boxes are part of a larger compound
The Compound Includes:
Flora Dora counseling
Restrooms
Waiting Shelters
Break Rooms
in effort to improve working conditions...
known for its nightlife, lavishness, and performing arts culture...
the district was infamous for its brothels and female companions
Yoshiwara was walled both to separate the district from the city and to contain the contract-bound sex workers
the wall in the sex box is for privacy rather than restriction
Adding all these elements up...
Industrial Complex:
The Workplace Providing For Workers’ Needs



Lowell Mills, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1821


Fast Food:
The Drive-thru State of Mind

White Castle, Wichita, Kansas, 1921
Red Light District:
Sanctioning a Public Place for a Private Act
Yoshiwara District, Tokyo Japan, 1660
FUNCTION
ACCESSIBILITY
EXTENT
SCALE
FORM
SEQUENCE
LOCATION
ACCESSIBILITY
POSITIONING
Introducing the Sex Box Typology
3 precedents contribute to this new typology
SEX BOX
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