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  • figural primitives
    los angeles CALIFORNIA / shanghai CHINA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    zifan LIU: Long concerned with the articulation of form by means of volume to mass, and way beyond a contemporary threshold of hyper articulation, the discipline seems to be at a critical juncture by having to choose between polar opposites: to continue the search for more complexity via the willful sculpting of soft surface, or to return to a fundamental purity by the articulation of simple platonic volumes.

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  • xtra moenia
    new york NEW YORK

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    SOFTlab: Xtra Moenia is a site specific installation designed and produced by SOFTlab for the San Gennaro North Gate. The piece was commissioned by Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and produced by The They Co. The piece serves as the North Gate to the annual San Gennaro Festival. We developed a form that created out of two distinct oculi as a reference to one of the simplest and most effective classical architecture devices. One oculus points up while the other hangs down defining a zone on the street for pedestrians. The two forms are created using a minimal surface blending the two oculi together in a way that blurs the distinction between the two. The final geometry was developed closely with the structural engineering firm Arup.

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  • uplifting presage
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    paul CASTELLANOS + michael KARAYAN: Sited on the wetlands of Marina Del Ray, California, alongside Ballona Creek bike path, is a spa treatment center for patients diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The design investigates translucent and transparent barriers as beneficiary transitions for patients going from one space to the next. The lifting of the program and the programmatic transitions lends itself to the concept of “presage” where the progression of space can be foreshadowed by the occupant.

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  • A Space Habitat
    amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    sanne PLOMP: Halfway between Mars and Jupiter lies the asteroid belt, an area with a large amount of resource rich asteroids. Here the project is situated. It is home to 5000 people living and working together in one space colony. This society is developed around the political philosophy of anarchism and the writings of Peter Kropotkin and Ursula K. LeGuin.
    The project is an aesthetic and functional representation of the society it houses. Its societal properties -its lack of a currency, the abolishments of any form of government and the absence of any form of power concentration-, together with the day to day activities like sleeping, working, eating and relaxing, created the architecture.

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  • REConfigured-Assemblage
    long beach CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    wendy FOK + judith MUSSEL: (RE)Configured-Assemblage is a developmental landmark proposal composed of reconfigured traces of shipping containers, through diligently reconnecting, revitalising, and humanizing the accessibility of the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Blvd and Broadway Area. Through proposing three types of innovatively reconstructed modular shipping containers, the overall construct leads to open courtyards, interlocking units, and playfully generated programs that introduce a new innovative topological design that regenerates and reconnects the community.

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  • fin's labyrinth
    ILLINOIS

    CENTER FOR URBAN FARMING COMPETITION
    First Place – $1200

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    Stewart HICKS, Allison NEWMEYER of DESIGN WITH COMPANY with Joseph ALTSHULER: Fin’s Labyrinth is an architecture and urban strategy that encourages you to play with your food. Both a working fish farm and a new form of public (civic) amenity, this project uses the infrastructure for raising fish as a backdrop to a wide range of activities designed to entertain you while getting you acquainted with your next meal. It reintroduces the production of food into the daily lives of city dwellers, making a more concrete connection between what we put in our mouths and the environment required to generate it.

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  • Edible Infrastructures: Seed for a City
    London, UNITED KINGDOM

    CENTER FOR URBAN FARMING COMPETITION
    Second Place – $800

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    Darrick BOROWSKI / Jeroen JANSSEN / Nicoletta POULIMENI : Edible Infrastructures: Seed for A City
    We propose a neighborhood to serve as a Center for Urban Farming for Brooklyn and the greater New York City region. This new neighborhood type is organized around edible infrastructures, a systems-based approach to the food production, distribution, consumption and waste cycles.

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  • cinema machine
    san luis obispo/pittsburgh

    CENTER FOR URBAN FARMING COMPETITION
    Third Place – $300

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    mason HAYES + richman NEUMANN: FarmvilleNYC represents a new way of thinking about community, garden, and the intersection of the two terms in the digital age. FVNYC evolved from a fundamental desire to maximize farming efficiency – faced with the question of “build on the ground or build up”, we answered “build everywhere, by recruiting every New Yorker”.

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  • C.H.E.F. CSA
    vienna AUSTRIA

    Starting with the winter semester 2011/12 Hani Rashid will head the Studio Architekturentwurf (architectural design) 3 at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

    Hani Rashid’s studio will focus on students working to develop conceptual, practical and critical skills and means for the making of new, compelling and forward thinking architecture. The studio focus will move between architecture as object to environment and phenomena. Operative terms in this studio include architecture as atmospheric experience, architecture as fetishized artifacts, architecture and new forms of dwelling and being, and architecture as an aesthetic, philosophical and metaphysical experience.

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  • 
breath green
    vienna AUSTRIA

    CENTER FOR URBAN FARMING COMPETITION
    Honorable Mention – $100

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    luis daniel pozo TORRES: By giving to project the right orientation, and developing the surfaces in a way that the most gets exposed to the solar irradiation, both light and solar energy are being collected . The perforations of the floors are oriented so that the light can penetrate the interior minimizing the use of electric energy during the day. Meanwhile the outer skin works as a translucent shell that maintains during the entire year an interior climate conditions proper for farming.

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