Wes Janz worked with the forgotten remains of a garage and a vacant lot behind the house. Instead of an absence, he imagines the vacant lot to be a valued backyard space for 804 Eastern Avenue. In these spaces, Janz will be staging ‘urban furniture’ made of wood foundation mattress. The pieces are meant to complement the outdoor activities during the House Life Project Open House and posit these discarded spaces as assets.
For Wes Janz, the House Life Project is an extension of his architectural work, which often transforms found or abandoned items into materials with architectural value. At Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Janz involves students in projects that explore the potential of curbside waste using items to challenge ideas of value and potential in the built environment.