• STRETCH: Urban Campus Connector

    STRETCH: Urban Campus Connector
    chicago ILLINOIS

    Illinois Institute of Technology
    critic: John RONAN

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Mircea ENI: Atmosphere in architecture is the overall presence and impact of the building onto its inhabitants. Atmosphere can be influenced by form, material, light, temperature, and texture. Its presence affects our senses to a point where we can no longer doubt the existence and intentions of the building. Atmosphere can also be influenced by the craft and assembly of the building. The presence of modern technologies and fabrication methods creates an opportunity for designing new atmospheres.

    The materials used in the architecture of today, are almost the same as the ones used one hundred years ago. However, with the use of modern machines these are transformed to a point where they are able to create new, never before seen atmospheres. This process is done only through the intricate manipulation of old materials.

    My interest is to explore how new technologies can create new atmosphere. As a starting point I decided to explore the qualities of lace. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads. Lace is created by a string of the same thickness that is manipulated and layered creating a variety of thicknesses, porosities densities and patterns. Thus one simple material achieves intricate and delicate qualities.

    Similar to lace, this project explores how atmospheres can be achieved through the manipulation of one single material: lumber. The formed structure acts as a connecting tissue for the Columbia College buildings within a block. The structure stretches through the back alley, attaching itself to the neighboring buildings and inhabits spaces within the college buildings.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?:
    ME: Lace and the modern urban setting.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    ME: Reading Franz Kafka’s The Trial; listening to Animal Collective and Glitch Mob; watching The Orphanage.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    ME: OMA, Snohetta, Sara Shafiei, Reiser + Umemoto.

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