Building Futures is an exhibition at The Hyde Collection running from February 11 to April 15. The exhibit presents architectural proposals designed by Rensselaer Architecture School faculty and students as an intellectual investigation stimulated by long-range planning activities for The Hyde Collection and its campus.
Faculty-led teams of students generated six proposals during a four-day charrette. Charrette is a term derived from the nineteenth-century École des Beaux-Arts in Paris for an intense creative session designed to focus multiple teams on a particular problem in compressed time and space. At the end of four days of all-day sketching, modeling and brainstorming, each team delivered a master planning strategy for expansion of The Hyde campus.
Additional proposals on exhibit are the product of a semester-long, second-year design studio. Each student was assigned one work of art from The Hyde Collection. The work was mined for specific active techniques or “affects” that produced sensation from relationships of geometry, composition, materiality, lighting, color, nature, and the human body. “Affects” refers to philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s (1925-1995) concept of intensities transmitted by form that generate different affections in different persons. Once identified, the affects were transposed through a series of drawing and modeling exercises to amplify their spatial and material consequences and eventually motivate architectural strategies for The Hyde’s expansion.
The installation is composed of 1,224 folded, developable surfaces (surfaces that can be unrolled onto a plane without distortion) digitally-generated and fabricated from sheets of translucent high-density polyethylene. It is inspired by the affects luminosity, translucency, and weightlessness transposed from The Hyde Collection’s painting of The Annunciation by the Italian Renaissance master, Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510). The Rensselaer fabrication challenges the Cartesian geometry and symmetry of the gallery space as it fluctuates between display and partition. It provides an affective environment that influences circulation as well as divides, unites and exhibits the Z-print models.
Hyde Exhibition Credits:
Justin Paul Ware
Joseph Pierre Daniele
Andrew Van Meerbeke
Photography / Videography:
Richard Abendroth, Alexandra Henning, Erica Barrows, Octavie Berendschot, Erin Butler, Mallory Buckner, Mike Cormier, Georgeanna Foley, Sarah Goldfarb, Cady Guyton, Jessica Lapano, Gaetano Licata, Elisabeth Sabol-Low, Chloe Mahoney, Dom Petrella, Schulyer Pratt, Katie Rauth, Christina Yee, Catherine Schoen, Ryan Hao, Yifeng (Jenny) Zhao, Roslyn Dudas, Michael Kehoe, Cat Callaghan, Tim You, Jay Zhang.