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  • Bi-Polar
    lubbock TEXAS

    Project: Innovation Pavilion
    Location: Rawls College of Business Administration | Texas Tech University

    The Rawls College of Business Administration on the Texas Tech Campus will be a Gateway Pavilion, which celebrates the notion of education, communication and innovation with an aesthetically pleasing addition to the cultural qualities of the Texas Tech community, and resonates with a larger audience.

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  • Bi-Polar
    college station TEXAS

    Team:Matt MILLER, Dale FENTON, Emau VEGA, Aubrie DAMRON, Adrian CORTEZ
    Photos: Emau VEGA

    Texas A&M University FabLab, Gabriel ESQUIVEL: The project began as a performative wall system that reacted differently to exterior and interior spaces. We realized we had to confront the fact we had two different surface logics, so rather than trying to blend these conditions, we decided to emphasize the difference indicating two current design directions. This resulted in two polar opposite geometries with opposite personalities that strongly defined exteriority and interiority. Bi-Polar can then be explained more effectively in three systems working together: (1) The tessellated parametric logic performative exterior, (2) the loose free-flowing sensual interior, and (3) the in-between performative bladder system that mediates between the two extremes.
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  • rawhide
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Installation Brief: Rawhide explores Hirsuta’s critically-acclaimed project Raspberry Fields, a residential project sited in northern Utah, focusing on its signature use of curled shingles as exterior cladding.

    The Problem: Architectural Surface, From “Skin” to “Hide”
    The architectural “skin” is, by now, a rather well-worn path through the conceptualization of built exterior surfaces. And as is typical of well-worn paths, this one has become hard and dry, no longer particularly interesting underfoot. Building surface as “hide,” however, seems a fresh new way to push the dialogue of cladding toward an expanded array of associations and models less well-known to the discipline. Possible interpretations abound: where the skin is bald and shaven, the hide retains its thick fur.

    Photographs by Josh White
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  • The Philadelphia Masque
    Cambridge PHILADELPHIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    Mariana IBAÑEZ + Simon KIM: Philadelphia has identified a disproportionate urban condition of vacant lots that are not only large in number but are widely distributed regardless of real-estate value. Ownership among the private, and public (Redevelopment Authority, Philadelphia Housing Authority and others) suggest that there is intention held back by onerous conditions. While these voids can be seen as endemic of urban blight, our studio is interested in researching how we cognitively map our environment, or how we perceive our location via references.

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  • Building Fashion
    paris France

    31/10/2011 to 10/11/2011

    AA Paris Visiting School

    BUILDING FASHION is today the only cutting-edge course in Academia worldwide focusing exclusively on novel approaches to the [fashion + architecture] emerging practice.

    The workshop is open to current architecture and fashion design students, phd candidates and young professionals. All applicants should submit a CV and portfolio to Jorge Ayala at info@ayarchitecture.com

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  • interview with benjamin BALL
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Benjamin Ball talks about the fantastic installations of Ball-Nogues Studio and discusses getting messy, craft and experience, and aestheticizing the resolution.

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  • interview with TRONIC
    new york NEW YORK

    vivian ROSENTHAL and jesse SEPPI discuss Tronic studio and their interests in the tension between physical and virtual worlds, the body as interface, augmented reality, sci-fi, and of course Powerisers.

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  • Mutation no1
    paris France

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    hugo ARCIER: Mutation #1 is a sculpture stemming from digital creative and manufacturing processes and realized via 3D printing. It is the eruption of a 3D wireframe into reality. It is also an “Ikea hack”, its size enabling perfect insertion into the famous Expedit bookcase. Once inserted, the sculpture customizes the bookcase by giving it a futuristic look.

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  • volkan ALKANOGLU
    west hollywood CALIFORNIA

    OTDI 2011: AfterImage
    VOLKAN ALKANOGLU
    with response by James Michael Tate
    Thursday, 10/13
    7.30pm / A+A Auditorium
    MAK Center for Art and Architecture
    the Schindler House
    835 N. Kings Road
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design presents Out There Doing It 2011: AfterImage. A provocation to cross-disciplinary conversation through expansion of the synergies between architecture and related design practices.

  • Collaborative Innovation Center
    pittsburgh PENNSYLVANIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    giacomo TINARI: Throughout history, innovation and technology have enabled novel formal dialects but have never altered our intuitive appreciation for proportion and beauty.
    A collaborative innovation center for the campus of Carnegie Mellon University must balance between innovation and the architectural character of Carnegie Mellon.
    On an urban scale, the building height was kept between three and four floors granting the surrounding residences unobstructed daylight. Containing 190,000 sq ft of rentable office space, the building volume is divided to include a central atrium as well as four lighting/ventilation wells which operate as an effective passive lighting strategy and the buildings primary ventilation system.

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