The Fargo House is a project by artist and architect Dennis Maher.
At the FARGO HOUSE, explorations tack between the public, urban arena of CITY and the private, domestic sphere of HOUSE. The city is the emblem of the collective while the house is the individual seed. The FARGO HOUSE makes perceptible the latent imaginative gestures implicit in both realms of human experience. The house synthesizes new environments through the continuous accumulation and excavation of city materials, social exchanges, and ideas. The organism of the CITY-HOUSE is a model for cultural production that re-values the capacities of city participants and the residue of the everyday. This organism brings people and materials into a fluid current of unmaking and remaking. In order to facilitate the emergence of the CITY-HOUSE-MODEL, it is essential to take things apart and to confront reassembly through such dichotomies as form/function, image/idea, and content/container. Within this context, the forces of demolition and preservation are viewed as real and symbolic catalysts for the next CITY-HOUSE iteration. The upturning of matter and the spatial conversions that are germane to demolition are pitted against the imposed stability and temporal suspension of preservationist practices. This tension instigates corresponding shifts between civic and domestic, interior and exterior, and public and private. By opening up this hybrid body, we find new spaces of previously unknown inhabitation.