University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
critic: Clark THENHAUS.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Grant HERRON, Tyler SMITH, & Dan TISH: This set of explorations looked to find new ways of translating analog, materialistic drawings into novel architectural forms or surfaces.
Drawings were first produced using ink and water on mylar. These drawings—quick and impulsive—carry many interesting qualities that are not themselves architectural, but can be mined and manipulated to find architectural characteristics. After the initial ink drawings, the drawings were digitally cut, pasted, mirrored, edited, and combined to uncover unique and provocative aspects of the drawings at multiple scales. From this point, the new digital translation became the frame of reference for our architectural interpolations. We looked to translate the fluidity of the drawings, and more specifically the moments where that fluidity is amplified by objects or areas where the ink needed to move around. This phenomenon was embodied by the interactions of two different surfaces in our CNC milled object. A smooth, rolling surface is intersected by, and makes its way around, a tessellated surface. The resulting interactions of object and fluid within a single surface gave way to the name lntraPlay.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
GH, TS, & DT: Clark Thenhaus, material exploration, and digital translations.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
GH: Reading: Dune. Listening to: Radiohead; Dawes; James Newton Howard; and Nobuo Uematsu.
TS: Listening to: The Red Hot Chili Peppers; A Tribe Called Quest; Trampled by Turtles. Watching: Snow White and the Huntsman.
DT: Reading: Stan Allen, Landform Building. Listening to: James Blake; The Knife; and Kendrick Lamar.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
GH: Lebbeus Woods, Wes Anderson, Pierre Koenig, Charles & Ray Eames, and Saul Bass.
TS: Endemic, The LADG, and Design Office Takebayshi Scroggin.
DT: Endemic, RVTR, and FOA.
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Special thanks to Clark Thenhaus for consistently great feedback and discussion.