• collapsing

    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
    karsten t. HUITFELDT: Instead of treating the problem of structure as purely an architectural one, this project is borrowing techniques and effects from other fields such as the movie/entertainment industries and visual arts to create a notion of collapse and ephemerality that is not necessarily a result of physical laws and engineering but rather of formal, emotional and visual considerations.

    The animation is the final platform for this project, and therefore formal attributes, geometries, panelization and organization are solved strictly according to specific motions and behaviors rather than to classical architectural dogmas such as stability, functionality and materiality. Setting such limitations aside, new and unexpected relationships emerged between form and movement, in contrast to the more familiar and well explored relationships between form and structure or form and organization.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    kH: Science fiction, moving art and architecture

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

    kH: reading: Jonathan Franzen, Legs McNeil
    listening to: The Clash, David Bowie, Turbonegro
    watching: Old horror movies, Easy Rider, stop motion animation

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    kH: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Thom Mayne, Renzo Piano

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    • art v Says:

      this site is becoming (or maybe has fully became) an inferior sci-arc blog… i used to check it every day. now about once a week. by the way, this is just bad.

    • Phil Says:

      The image above is intriguing because it’s like a contemporary ruin, a contemporary Piranesi. The moment of cleavage; the break from the earth is extremely interesting in that one is unsure if the building is bursting forth from the ground or the earth is reclaiming this once proud built form. The articulation of the surface of the built object and its tenuously dematerialized nature at the point of contact with the ground reifies an ambivalence between notions of growth or decay. Perhaps it would be more interesting if at some points the landscaping was not so uniform but to project certain subtle articulation in the greenery itself. The bulbous forms of the ground and building read morphologically similar. However, in the “building” form we see the “baseball stitching”. How could this idea (albeit subtly) be translated to the surrounding earthworks in perhaps a more loosely defined system of pattern–”fuzzier”–than the sharp edges of the “stitches”. All in all, nice project!