suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
benjamin FOSTER: Relay Drawings stalks a continuous relationship between site, design (survey) and architect (surveyor) through reciprocal techniques of representation. I believe in highly contextual design but also see a difficulty in creating such work with the confines of contemporary architectural practice.
In the standard architectural design process, the site survey is too passive. Survey drawings are completed in the beginning of the project and do not influence or activate subsequent decisions. I am proposing a new survey consisting of a set of corresponding drawings that will actively record existing site conditions and generate new formations. An organized hybrid of printed and drawn media will convey this process. Individual drawings will attend to separate conditions; the collective set will be more abstracted and invite the observer to perceive differently the original survey’s intent.
In the field, the survey is usually independently done from the rest of the design work, often outsourced to someone not in the firm. This separation of the design process from the site looses valuable moments for context-finding. What if the survey can both be a practical, measurable drawing(s) of a site, what it currently is, and a tool for understanding it contextually? Further, what if the created representations became a context in itself? The relay of survey and architectural drawings create an impelling loop that becomes the framework for the design process. From the confines of a particular program, I attempt to better learn a site through a series of surveys, drawings, 3d models and mold growth mediums. The work relays back and forth- from representation to representation in attempt to get a rich design. Limited to the time constraints of the practice and geographical separation from the site, I redefine the meaning of ‘site survey’ to better understand a site through various types of media where I gain and build upon a design for an aeroponic farm.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
bF: Detail, organization and layering complexity, mixed-media drawing, transparency, Perry Kulper, Kurt West
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
bF: Architectural Design (AD), Lil’ Wayne mixtapes, Eastbound & Down.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
bF: Exceptional architectural thesis projects here and abroad, Morphosis, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Michael Maltzan.