suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
jennifer BONNER & christian STAYNER: Emerging from the uncontrollability of hydrology and urbanism, the 80,000 square foot paving system is comprised of thousands of pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete surfaces that mutate from horizontal to vertical at key points—a system that is both adaptive and constantly changing.
Approximately two hundred of these pavers delaminate and peel off the ground. Levitating as if by the force of South Florida’s wind or nature’s influence from below, they reveal an unexpected thinness—under which a subterranean landscape exists subjugated by the man-made. Concrete material behaviors are made possible through the use of different concrete technologies, including an extremely high-strength proprietary mixture and more conventional glass-fibre concrete mixes.
Environments are cultured below our everyday experience of the pavement: specific microclimates are created by embedding tubes into the concrete, chilled surfaces remove humidity from the air, and fans create air movements. The massive numbers of tiles becomes a living agent of physical organization, paralleling the archival system of the zoological garden and further blurs the boundary between authentic and fabricated. The public art proposal presents a possibility of positioning visitors to be critical of the precarious position of the zoo in relation to the imaginary, natural environment it constructs.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
jB & cS: Flamingos, the Everglades, parking lots, weather patterns, fake rocks and artificial environments in zoos, Miami plastic surgery.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jB & cS: Planningtorock, Holt, and Nicolas Jaar.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jB & cS: Stan Allen, Jorinde Voigt, and Graham Burnett.
Additional credits and links:
Team: Jennifer Bonner / Studio Bonner; Christian Stayner / Stayner Architects; Antonio Follo, Leo Castillo, Jack Gaumer, Jonathan Schnure, Dolly Davis, and H Clark.