• Perfect Strangers

    Duygun INAL, Perfect Strangers. Physical model.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    critic: Andrew ZAGO with special advisor Jeffrey KIPNIS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Duygun INAL: Recent architectural discourse has been offered a novel means to engage spatial relationships by the sectional object while keeping the sectional object as a pure interior condition in the equation. This thesis explores the shifting sense of identity through the incongruity between the body and the loose-fit by making the interior body directly a part of the exterior by creating a thickened contemporary couture for it.

    Taken as the interior body, Retour de Chasse, the paper project by Ledoux is re-created with an addition based on precise analysis of the original 18th century drawings of Ledoux. The operative strategy focuses on the actual drawings of Ledoux and brings Ledoux and its affects back in its actual-specific terms. The original drawings show a dark shadow around the masses and in this thesis, the flatness of the drawings are inverted aiming for a way to find a second project hidden inside the original drawings. The premise of the project selection is its strong, irrational and grotesque form which was extremely unconventional, picturesque and shocking at the end of 18th century in France. This thesis tries to find a different way manifesting that sublime power using certain features of the fine line drawings of Ledoux by mis-reading them.

    The couture designed for the entire complex highlights and frames the radical form of the project in a more contemporary discussion to re-experience Ledoux and aims to re-capture its power today. The couture can only be created with the interior body, only in toontown of the Ledoux book and it transforms Ledoux into something strange and similar at the same time by creating a sheared shadow of existing complex onto itself. The investigation attempts to produce an exaggerated cartoon similarity of the body as
    the loose-fit that in the end, the interior body, Retour de Chasse never reveals itself in its entirety from outside and the viewer is always expecting to see one complete figure, be it Ledoux, the couture, its form, façade, pattern etc.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    DI: Andrew Zago, Ledoux, Jeff Kipnis, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Elena Manferdini, and Todd Gannon. Extreme mis-fits by Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    DI: Reading: C. N. Ledoux, L’Architecture de Cladue-Nicolas Ledoux, Inedits pour un Tome III: Architecture de Ledoux; Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty; Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed; Sylvia Lavin, Kissing Architecture, Jeff Kipnis’s entire texts. Watching “An Awkward Position” by Andrew Zago.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    DI: Reiser + Umemoto, Rem Koolhaas, Andrew Zago, MOS Architects, Herzog De Meuron, Neil Denari, Jimenez Lai, First-Office.

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    Very special thanks to my “Team Duygun” thesis helpers. I owe you the world. Special thanks to Ben Warwas & Linda Yang for the support throughout the semester.

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