critic: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Yong Ha KIM: Biological growth operates as a catalyst in order to create an animate geometry. This catalyst gives a repeated stimulus to the fundamental processes in architecture—that is, the process from particle to line; from line to surface; from surface to line; from line to particle; from particle to surface—which happen sequentially over time as the biological growth in nature.
These morphological transitions could become a reality in the physical world by changing material effect, this material effect giving architecture the multiple ontologies that are created during biological growth. The continuous biological growth could be realized in architecture by repeated fundamental processes.
The Metabolism is a basic system, or “creature,” that has own perfect biological system. It is also a fundamental discipline for biological growth. (There are a lot of processes in the biological growth of this “creature,” and it is transformed in each process by this metabolism’s specific relationship with other creatures.) The basic principle of biological growth is a continuous transformation and improvement by repeated fundamental processes and by time.
– COMBINATION (AGGREGATION)
The thesis introduces biological growth in architecture and design processes in order to animate natural geometry through the use of the notion of time. The animate geometry of these process could be transformed and improved continuously as a certain “creature” in nature. This biological growth has the possibility to provide the architect with a kind of selective, real-time process.
The project is a design for a new train station and three-dimensional garden in Los Angeles. This building fused ideas about architectural megastructure with those of organic biological growth in urban space.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
YHK: Metabolism, the picturesque, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Tom Wiscombe, Marcelyn Gow, and Florencia Pita.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
YHK: Reading: Sylvia Lavin, “Sacrifice and the Garden”; Greg Lynn, “Chemical Architecture”; Todd Gannon, “Raspberries”; Jason Payne, “Rawhide.”
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
YHK: Hernan Diaz Alonso.