Yale School of Architecture
critic: Mark GAGE
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Katie STRANIX: The project is a new headquarters for CASIS, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, on the west side of First Avenue, between East 39th Street and East 40th Street in Manhattan. My project is about increasing public awareness of CASIS through the manipulation of materiality and movement and the juxtaposition of normative and spectacular forms.
I’ve treated the exhibition space as a central, foreign object that breaks with the familiar or expected language of architecture in an effort to engage the visitor and encourage further exploration. I was interested in producing a new genre of architectural space for viewing things that removes them from the common experiences of more familiar white walled galleries or exhibition spaces.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
KS: Heatherwick Studio’s Seed Cathedral, Grafton Architect’s Universita Luigi Bocconi, Cero9’s Cherry Blossom Pavilion, Stalasso by Neri Oxman, The Lever House, Atelier Olschinsky, Tomas Saraceno, Olafur Eliasson, Greebles.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
KS: How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, Scissor Sisters, The Naked and Famous, Washed Out, thefoxisblack.com.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
KS: Weiss/Manfredi, Neri Oxman, Howeler + Yoon Architecture, Mansilla + Tunon Architects.
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