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  • Once Upon a House: Type vs Species

    Once Upon a House: Type vs Species
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    adnan IHSAN: The project used the program of a house as a tool to study the shift towards a paradigm of Species as opposed to the ubiquitous platform of Types. If Types are traditionally viewed as categories of standardization, and symbolic expressions of form, then Species are malleable entities that are in constant metamorphosis; adaptation and mutation are the main characteristics from Species. A Species needs a lineage to be acknowledged as such, indeed a Type also needs a lineage to become such. But a Species has more freedom, because it can mutate. A Type can change, but it cannot mutate, it can be combined, or renewed, but it will always be a type.

    The project proposed, to conduct an extensive research in the cellular logic and construction of structural instability. To radicalize the agenda of the autonomy of form, using the possibilities of kinetic and movement. Mirco-techniques for combining the thresholds of the horrific-becoming-beautiful and the beautiful-becoming-horrific (grotesque) have imprinted themselves as visual-temporal cues on the current design retina. The importance of the multiplicity has finally opened the door for mutation as a permanent state of the present.

    The Genealogy of the autonomy of the forms has been indivisible from the genealogy of the single house.
    The project used latest technology for design, as this technology indulges mutation as a new paradigm of architectural design. Form is never less and more is even more.

    The house was designed to play out three stages of transformation, at each stage the design of the house drastically changed, for example the couple that lives in it gets divorced in Act 2 and there is then a catastrophic earthquake in Act 3; These transformers cause the house to mutate like a species to survive the structural challenges that threaten its existence.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    aI: Hernan Diaz Alonso, studies of bio-morphism and mutation, Romanticism.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    aI: Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, The Philip K. Dick Reader, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and Idols of Perversity; Fantasies of Feminine Evil.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    aI: Tom Wiscombe, Zaha Hadid, Kokkugia, Alisa Andrasek, reiser + umemoto.

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