The Mother Building is an architecturally-themed social experiment in most respects. It is an endeavor into understanding the mind of the architect, the creative drive and the particular aspect of motivation. Meanwhile, it is also an enterprise to reestablish high architecture as a primarily public art: to remove the more grandiose aspects of our practice from the ivory tower and back to the streets, to create a new dialogue between architect and society. In other words, how do we put together a building that acts to best facilitate the genesis of more buildings and stimulates public interest in a practice? How do we make a building that allows the people to build their city and turns the architects into their representatives…how do we turn architecture into a democratic practice?
Jeffrey, Richmond Downey, "Mother Building: Communal Architecture Incubator" (2009). Architecture Theses. Paper 16.