critics: Andrew ZAGO w/ guest advisor Jeffrey KIPNIS
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Dale STRONG: This thesis is investigating formal architectural conditions existing between abstraction and legibility in order to challenge notions of sobriety and solemnity within the discipline of architecture. The context of the site, located on the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, is architecturally earnest with neighbors like Mies Van der Rohe’s Brown Pavilion and Raphael Moneo’s Audrey Jones Beck building. To counter the seriousness of the surrounding and help lighten the mood, this thesis will make a serious attempt to introduce comic and licentious characteristics to the new building.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
DS: Andrew Zago; Jeffrey Kipnis; Berlin Spreebogen Competition Project, AKS Runo; Travulgar Square, Ben Nicholson; Max Rheinhardt Haus, Peter Eisenman; Vitra Museum, Herzog and de Meuron; CCTV, OMA; Kaohsiung Port Terminal, Reiser-Umemoto; Raspberry Fields, Jason Payne; City of Urban Robots, Bureau Spectacular / Jimenez Lai; R. E. Somol; Sylvia Lavin; Jonathon Lasker; Jeff Koons; and Matthew Au’s 2011 SCI-Arc Thesis.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
DS: Reading: “Green Dots 101″ and “12 Reasons to get back into Shape” by R. E. Somol; everything ever written by Jeff Kipnis; “Awkward Position” by Andrew Zago; “Who is afraid of the Form-Object?” by Pier Vittorio Aureli; Kissing Architecture by Sylvia Lavin; Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier; and Citizens of No Place by Jimenez Lai. Listening to: Everything on the Night Slugs / Kingdom label; Swisha House label; UGK; DJ Rashad; Joy Division; and The Descendants. Watching: lectures by all of the aforementioned architects, thinkers, and designers; skate videos; Arrested Development; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
DS: Zago Architecture, OMA, REX, Eric Owen Moss Architects, JohnstonMarkLee, Herzog & de Meuron, Neil M Denari Architecture, Bureau Spectacular, Ben Nicholson, MOS Office, First-Office, Office for American Fine Architecture, Sarah Blankenbaker, Matthew Au, Paul Stoelting, Paul Preissner, SCI-Arc and the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago (U.I.C.).
Additional credits and links:
Zack Main and Ana Munoz, Thank you for the help!