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  • America’s Cup Pavilion

    America’s Cup Pavilion
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Harvard GSD
    critic: lisa IWAMOTO & craig SCOTT, visiting critics

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    paul CATTANEO: The America’s Cup Pavilion, designed for the America’s Cup Yacht Race to take place throughout 2012, is a design deploying the characteristics of folded plate structural geometries to re-form a site – here specifically Piers 27/29 in San Francisco – in structural efficiency experimentation at a variety of scales, and was designed for a Harvard GSD Option Studio led by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott of IwamotoScott Architecture.

    By tying the folded plate geometry to parameters of both site and program, the geometry acquired an active tension with its urban context and programmatic form through the variability allowed in its parametric computation. A cohesive body developed consequently as the product of a matrix of parameters upon which the site operated: from the macro to the micro level, feedback mechanisms allowed for a conversation between unitary form and its requirements at its foci.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    pC: Pier Luigi Nervi / Frei Otto’s work with structural geometry, catamaran hull construction.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    pC: The Philip Johnson Tapes, Robin Evans, Rosalind Krauss, David Foster Wallace, Mikhail Bulgakov.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    pC: Preston Scott Cohen, IwamotoScott, IJP Corporation, NAU Coop, Barkow Leibinger.

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