• Smoke Cloud: Revisiting the Pile

    Smoke Cloud: Revisiting the Pile
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc, MArch 2 Thesis
    critic: marcelo SPINA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    YE li: This project is to use pile to create a complex accretion and a lumpy mass.

    There is a system. We can find them in mineral crystal, Starry Sky, flowers clusters and so on, it’s a kinds of disorder, a nature rule of aggregation. It’s pile like logic. Unlike the pre-decided order of stacking, piling’s components are random rotated and scaled. We can only identify this order by its holistic forms.

    The site Battersea Power Station in London, is the biggest red brick building in Europe. and the smoke cloud emanate from 3 chimney becomes to be a famous symbol of London. In Battersea, The traditional stacking logic and natural piling system combine together.
    This project moving a step beyond from what we now perceive as a process of cohesive formal homogenization in the last two decades, and to revisit the organizational and aesthetics possibilities of the pile, towards perhaps a difficult and unexplored regime of inconsistency. In such a regime, excess still means equilibrium. Accumulation does not simply lead to simple stacking but to a complex accretion and lumpy mass.

    It focus exploring the uneven, the lumpy and the pile. Beyond the obvious formal exploration, the assumption of the project is that these cumulative figures constitute a potential new symbol for a contemporary post urban landscape.

    By using piles, my thesis aims to engage both form and illustration, to produce a strong shape and a cartoon at the same time. The proposal aims to connect the realms of Form, Shape, Illustration, and even the pictorial. From the most iconic view of the building, the front elevation, the new addition looks like a smoke cloud emanating from the chimneys of the old power plant. As a projective speculation, the proposal is both funny and massive, forward looking and positivist.

    In Alejandro Zaera Polo influential text “the Hokusai Wave” he talks about the importance of using metaphors to effectively communicate architectural form. Whether these metaphors are intended or not, internal or external, what matters is the effect they produce. This proposal It’s about the metaphor, the illustration the outline, the idea that it’s not only a form, but it’s allow this form can also has the other meaning, and in that meaning people can communication towards it.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    Yl: Marcelo Spina and Dora Epstein Jones.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    Yl: Jeff Kipnis, Robert E. Somol, Sylvia Lavin, and Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    Yl: Morphosis, Eric Moss, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Steven Holl, Herzog & de Meuron, and Álvaro Siza.

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