suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
keti CARAPULI: This project is about an architecture that celebrates materiality and its performance under air, water and light inputs. A design, which feeds back and forth from digital to material, from design to fabrication, from a choreographed movement to material fluctuation. Constraints evolving from the digital to the real generating a new sensibility that goes beyond the representation.
The studies are focused on silicone as an intriguing material that is able to morph in different forms providing varying rigidity and transparencies. A rich texture design followed with specific fabrication procedures, induced a prototype that performs under natural/artificial light and air/water pressure, whilst being seductive to the human interaction.
Located next to the Los Angeles River, the design proposal collects the river water and purifies it through an evaporation system for drinking and watering plants. Further sensory system reacting to human interaction amplify the water purification process to increase awareness of the river as a beneficial element of our city.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
kC: Tomas Saraceno, Antony Gormley, Ernesto Neto, Iris Van Herpen, etc.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
kC: Carpo, Banham, Fletcher, Latour / Shlohmo.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
kC: Crab, Servo, Amorphis, Xefirotach, Fpmod, Heatherwick, etc.
Additional credits and links:
Credit to Marcelyn Gow for being a great advisor, Ron Shvartsman and Ryan Tyler Martinez for their contribution to the project and video, and SCI-Arc.