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  • reparative [excess]ories

    reparative [excess]ories: ornament as a precursor to design
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project:

    sandra e. JOHNSON: throughout generations of architecture, ornament has been applied within the final stages of design, becoming a secondary two-dimensional surface application rather than a transcendiary mechanism. within my project, ornament is rethought and reconfigured to become a generative force; reconciling its eagerness to surpass beyond a product of fa├žade to a relevant author of design. ornament therefore initiates all phases of the architectural argument, developing the formal and aesthetic logic, while also organizing the volumetric and programmatic parameters.


    ornament operates under a regime of progressive growth and mutation, allowing systems of repetition and transitional aggregation to conglomerate into form. by studying this structure, one can begin to apply ornament by exponentially repeating formal configurations to generate an overall system that functions at each scalar level: from surface fibers, to textures, to individual modules, to clusters of modules, to an overall massed form. by utilizing this principle, ornament becomes a relevant tool in initiating a new urban condition: a reparative mechanism for the city.

    ornament therefore allows various systems of organization and aesthetic logic to coexist and to ultimately spawn a new urban proposition of design. whether ornament is applied in its fundamental sense or within an architectural scheme, its innate patterns of aggregation and growth provide the means to cultivate an innovative spectrum of living possibilities. ornament develops into every facet of the living condition, ultimately becoming inhabitable and redefining the human environment at large.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    sJ: scroll/filigree/peligrino techniques, gothic/renaissance/baroque/rococo architectural techniques, and the work of antoni gaudi

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    sJ: imogen heap, mylo, air

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    sJ: hernan diaz-alonso, eric kahn, stephen e. mora

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