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  • openHouse prototype two

    openHouse prototype two
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    brian OSBORN: openhouse prototype 2 is an illuminated canopy that fills the upper portion of a private courtyard in the french quarter. the canopy reconfigures itself as it receives input from the seating in the space.   

    francis BITONTI: intensities in the ceiling vary and shift with occupancy. people become actuators as they begin to take advantage of the seating; gathering in small groups or sitting in isolation. the behavior of the canopy is driven by social structures and human activity.

    bO: the project was commissioned by aia new orleans as part of descours 2009. the exhibition temporarily promotes privately owned spaces within the city to public event spaces.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    fB: we are interested in this connection between the architecture and the objects of our daily life—such as the seat. these objects become a medium for communication between the architecture and the user. 

    bO: through this communication, the architecture and the object, in this particular case, the canopy and the seat, form a landscape; where organisms relate and respond to each other to create a working environment. the user, through interaction with this environment, becomes a part of the landscape.

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

    fB: engines of creation by eric drexler and lots of cheesy sci-fi movies

    bO: no country for old men by cormac mccarthy. 

    additional credits:

    any line fabrication
    marc weintraub and bob kearns from buro happold engineering 
    installation support from nels erickson, carmen trudell, robb roemershauser and christopher roche

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