suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
klarke WANG & jizheng GUO: As USC students, we realized that every single building in USC campus is of a static, simple, cardinal roman style which no longer serves a dynamic global leading university. Students become prisoners of the campus environment being deprived from access of imagination and creation. The aim of this project is about to free “prisoners” out of “Plato’s Cave” to embrace the dynamic and evolutionary future. The data lab is an intricate aggregation that follows the logic of “feather” attaching each other by various combinations of their cuts.
Through intricate combinations, arch structures with various spans and heights can be formed. Environmental and functional factors have been considered as basic constraints for initial setup which in turn controls the overall morphology. An installing robot swings on a continuous track generating sections of “feather arches” layers by layers. It touches the territory of unpredictability escaping from traditional arbitrary construction, which appears to be in “chaos” while in fact generated from simple strict regulations.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
kW & jG: Francois Roche, Stephan Henrich and Qi Su, as well as Marc Fornes.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
kW & jG: Francois Roche’s work, Plato’s The Republic.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
kW & jG: EMERGENT Tom Wiscombe, Morphosis, Wang Shu, NMDA, Muxin, Lolkout ·流什
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