suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
philip KNIGHT: This Project investigates Type becoming Species. The extreme building in the civic building type: the county jail is being used as a case study.
County jails in cities around the country are specific in their aesthetic, symbolism’s and even in their presence. The county jail as a Type does not offer anything to the external context nor to the public itself. The ability for the public to interact with its own civic buildings is becoming more and more an issue with the increase in densities within the urban context. Buildings are becoming the parks, the outdoor / indoor experiences, and the interaction with the environment. Species mutate and evolve there aesthetic as they work to survive the urban context.
The Jail is working with a mutated-evolved cell that is functional as a holding cell and allows for the aesthetic to take control of the program and context. The cell becomes its own species and is not confined to the parameters of the building walls. It is able to move about and create new programs not associated with the original species as a function, only associated through aesthetic.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
pK: Buildings as pieces, Insect structures, Jail cells
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
pK: DD-05-Corrupted Biotopes (by R&Sie), Deconstructivist Architecture (by Johnson and Wigley), A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson), Puscifer, Pink Floyd, Pan’s Labyrinth
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
pK: Hernan Diaz Alonzo, Morphosis, François Roche, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelblau
Hernan Diaz Alonzo, Tristan Brasseur, Pil-Sun Ham, Luis Corona, SCI-Arc