march 5 – may 5, 2010
“envelopes,” will explore new and sustainable potentials of the architectural surface in terms of the skin of a building and also as a sensorial space that envelops the body. “envelopes” will feature full-scale, interactive models accompanied by architectural renderings in the form of drawings and computer animations, and documentation of the process of investigation into these models from eight international firms and designers.
“envelopes” is guest curated by christopher HIGHT, an associate professor at rice university’s school of architecture. HIGHT’s inspiration for the exhibition title and concept originated from parallels between the envelope of a building and the envelope of human skin; the building envelope repeats the metaphor of the building as a body and as a prosthetic second skin that allows human beings to exist within a hostile environment. inspired by early 20th century biologist jacob von uexküll and his interest in how living beings relate to and perceive their environment, the title of the show refers to the role of the building envelope and the idea of envelopment of one’s body and senses within a larger environment.
participating architects and architecture firms: !ndie architecture; houminn practice; mary ellen carroll—mec design studios with kevin topek of permaculture design, llc and carlise vandervoort; michael u. hensel and defne sunguroğlu hensel of ocean design research; nataly gattegno and jason kelly johnson of future cities lab; philippe rahm; tobias emilsson, jonah fritzell, marcelyn gow, ulrika karlsson, and chris perry of servo; weathers.