University of New Mexico SA+P
Instructor: stephen MORA
Students: Jason Argyropoulos, Brooke Belyeu, Ricardo Cano, Sam Flores, Angelina Grey, Stevie Hartmann, Hooman Keyhan, Adriana Liberman, Dale Lusk, Servando Miranda-Parra, Eduardo Ordaz, Stephen Conner Reichert, Michael Salinas, Sonia Vinajeras-Gallegos, Natalia Vladimirova, Maggie Wells, and Zhu Zhu.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:
stephen MORA: The design process for this project exists in an intersection where the digital “drawing board” collides with the necessity of a full-scale, physical realization of such design.
“Intervention” is an installation that sits in the belly of the George Pearl Hall, home of the UNM School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P). This installation is an aggressive response to the harsh rectilinear facility that was conceived by AIA Gold Medalist, Antoine Predock. The plaza at Pearl Hall provides the perfect canvas for a spatial intervention of this scale, one that explores the manifestation of complex geometry through the techniques of CNC fabrication, tectonics, details and joinery. Here, the students were responsible for analyzing the current conditions of the plaza and developing an installation that had the capacity to activate the space in a way that would allow the plaza to function in a much more robust way. The result is an installation that breaks new ground for the University of New Mexico SA+P at this scale.
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This project took place in the Graduate Communication course at UNM. Designed, developed and fabricated by first year graduate students with no architectural background, “Intervention” is the culmination of a series of fast paced digital explorations combined with the rigorous development of critical fabrication skills.
The Graduate Communication courses at the UNM SA+P are an integral component of the curriculum for students with non-architecture backgrounds. Here, students quickly learn how to utilize various analog and digital technologies to represent, visualize, and communicate the implications of proposed architectural forms.
Photos: Jason Argyropoulos