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  • Cafe + Design Studio
    indianapolis INDIANA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    matthew CALEB WILD: In order to study the design process, work on this mix-use cafe and design studio located in San Francisco, California, began by focusing on the “skin” of the building as a way to push conceptual development. Tectonic studies were done to investigate and examine the push and pull relationship between the skin’s manipulation and the resulting phenomena. Focusing on the concept of skin serving as a mediator between “inside” and “outside,” initial tectonic studies began to revolve around the building’s skin becoming the device for blending the two.

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  • Second Second City
    urbana ILLINOIS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    stewart HICKS & allison NEWMEYER (of Design with Company): This project contends with the competing and overlaid desires for the site of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago by creating a new tourist destination and scenario-planning infrastructure from the existing architecture. On the roof, a 1:25 miniature replica of Chicago is constructed. A clear mound protects the model, provides space for artificial weather equipment and creates unexpected visual connections between both Chicagos. Within the mound, the model acts as a simulator for various future scenarios.

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  • BLOP
    seoul SOUTH KOREA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Y Design Office + Hacker Space Seoul: ‘BLOP’ is an interactive installation piece with strings hanging high and low near the ceiling of the venue, holding together a meshwork of balloons. Each of the silver balloons holds a LED module, which will light up when vibration from outside is detected. The ‘BLOP’ bobs over the heads of the partiers, blinking lights of different colors and bringing out the child in everyone in its bounce, character and mystic appearance.

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  • International School Museum of Flamenco
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    cheng GONG & jinming FENG: Flamenco, as one of the typical Spanish culture that still actively extends its vibrancy today. Its most impressive aspect could be found in the strong rhythm that generated from the synthetic reaction in between music and dancing.

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  • Spiral River
    new york NEW YORK

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    SPACECUTTER: The Spiral River is an urban manifestation of a natural stream. It provides play features at varying heights while also allowing for imaginative free play. The river bed is lined with smooth stones that can be structured to create mounds & valleys to manipulate the downhill flow of water; while the yellow loop provides a circuit for chase games. Towards the center of the spiral is the toddler’s area, with a clear perimeter to contain young children. The pebble pond provides a super-expansive area for free play exploring flow, dams, gravity & digging. Submission for Seger Park competition in Philadelphia.

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  • F/RF
    rotterdam THE NETHERLANDS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    dimitrie STEFANESCU & manuel TORRES: This project embodies a virtual study of the process of folding with its conjectural actions (re-folding, unfolding). The shift from a deterministic view of the world to one dominated by chaos and complexity has had (and still has) huge implications in both philosophy and science – two main tools of architecture. Space is filled up by potentials. Space folds, bends and warps around itself and into itself into a topological revelry. We now no longer differentiate space with fixed, impossible boundaries: the demarcation mechanism is now based on differences of intensities, on gradient fields merging one into each other. There are no different entities per se, just different manifestations of one modulation coexisting and relating to each other in a field of intensities.

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  • Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial
    las vegas NEVADA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    kevin KEMNER & aaron MALMEDAL: The Holocaust consists of countless tragedies and moral insults, large and small, communal and individual. Memorializing genocide, remembering the Holocaust, is an architectural endeavor fraught with missteps, inadvertent references, the unintended trivialization of the victims, and in this instance, the Atlantic City Boardwalk, a site that challenges traditional notions of places of memorial and of remembrance.

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  • Expandable Surface Pavilion
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    sP: Describe your project.

    pablo ZAMORANO, nacho MARTÍ, jacob BEK: The project was created for the recent SPOGA furniture design exhibition in Cologne, Germany and is part of an ongoing research into Expandable Surface Systems, which began in collaboration with the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme at the Architectural Association. The project was designed, fabricated and mounted by the designers.

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  • Edaphic Effects
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    PEG office of landscape + architecture (Karen M’Closkey + Keith VanDerSys): This project explores the efficacy of customized substrates to develop alternatives to conventional on-site stormwater collection. Utilizing digital modeling and computer-controlled fabrication, we were testing whether or not manipulating geo-cells (three dimensional in-grade structures filled with gravel, soil or plants) can produce innovative infiltration features that combine their functional requirements with a visibly expressive surface that can add color, pattern and texture to vacant sites.

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  • Para[lyze+Metric]
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    jili HUANG, lan CHEN, anirudh DHAWAN: Para[lyze + Metric] / USC Lab M4 (Mind + Machine + Material + Manufacture). The project is a fabrication facility developed within the confines of a system of order and within University of Southern California’s School of Architecture to be used by architecture and fine arts students. We want to materialize the flowing forces and creative energy of the student body which resists this imposed, predictable grid and manifest an unnerving, chaotic, and psychotropic space for building knowledge and control upon what we are uncertain of which we feel is what being an architecture student is all about.

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