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