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  • (A)voiding Figuration

    (A)voiding Figuration
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    advisors: Dwayne OYLER & Volkan ALKANOGLU

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Jacques LESEC & Sean MARKLE: Our thesis investigates the perception of figuration and void within acomplex field condition. The strategies we have employed oscillatebetween the 2-D and 3-D as a means of augmenting the legibility ofvolume and other times subverting this perceptual reading.

    The project looks to challenge our conventional understanding of massand void within the urban context. We see the city as a collection ofindividual instances of iconographic volumes which attempt to furtherdifferentiate themselves from each other. The purpose of this thesisis intended to disrupt this self-idolatry by producing moments ofvisual synthesis across adjacent facades, bringing perceptualintegration back into Manhattan’s otherwise indiscriminate commercialskyline. The analysis inevitably invites new perception of mass/massas well as mass/void relationships.

    We’ve developed a catalogue of perceptual devices derived from aseries of analytical models and drawings. The drawings began with aninterest in developing a complex field and breaking it into itsconstituent parts. Masking, expanding, and highlighting the edgebecame techniques that proved useful at both subverting or confoundinga range of perceptual readings: from clear volumetric legibility, to afeathered edge, to the complete erasure of volume all together.

    The drawings are meant to engender a magnitude of depth through a maniacal layering of information and representational techniques. At a distance, rich color and graphic frontality depict systemic wholes. The immediacy of the initial reading is unsettled by a more quantifiable layer, exposing highly disparate networks of technical details that comprise the drawings’ assemblage.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    JL & SM: Tower concepts by Dominique Perrault and Thom Mayne.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    JL & SM: Greg Lynn texts on “Intricacy”; James Corner, Taking Measures Across the American Landscape; Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    JL & SM: Oyler Wu Collaborative, Servo Los Angeles, Volkan Alkanoglu Design, Morphosis, Greg Lynn FORM.

    Additional credits and links:
    Special thanks to Nicole Harter and Ziye “Tina” Liu for their tireless support.

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