advisor: Marcelo Spina
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Ziba ESMAEILIAN: This thesis investigates the notion of duality in architecture by working across multiple genres rather than within a single one. It focuses on the notion of “productive dichotomy” as a form of development that aims not to dissolve opposites, erasing their contrast, but aims instead to bring them together into an even more complex state of dualism.
Specifically, the project examines the formal and figurative relation between cohesive and random systems, particularly those of the pile and the monolithic as they apply to various vertical, totemic forms.
The “pile” system consists of three or more randomly placed primitives. The pile has qualities of randomness, of disorganization, and of perceiving a new form from the primitives.
The “monolithic” is a cohesive, organized form that acts as a single or uniform whole.
The intention of the thesis is not to dwell persistently on this opposition, but rather, in doing so, to foster the emergence of a new formally heterogeneous genre. This thesis explores the dichotomy between the pile and monolithic form.
There exist dualities between randomness and cohesiveness, disorganization and organization; together these two systems create yet another a strange duality. The analysis and close reading of randomness and of cohesive design method in architecture production is an example of uncertainty or unpredictability as an intricate part of the cohesive process.
This thesis tries to create a dichotomy of transition between the pile and monolithic form. Together, these two design methods create a strange duality that is exposed through tectonics.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
ZE: Alain Delorme’s Totems, MOS’s rainbow project, moiré patterns.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
ZE: Reading: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi; Intricacy by Greg Lynn; “Towards a New Architecture” by Jeffrey Kipnis; and Structure in Nature as a Strategy for Design by Peter Pearce.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
ZE: Reiser + Umemoto (RUR), Thom Mayne, Herzog & de Meuron.