Fifteen Buildings is an exercise in the expansion of methods and sensibilities associated with contemporary architectural form making.
This project acts upon and furthers the claims of others that we are in a moment when progressive architectural design can claim to be post-medium and post-technique specific. Embedded disciplinary issues trump medium and means. More specifically, this series of work . . . or the design of fifteen new building forms produced during this exploration, was arrived at through sampling rather than systematic prototyping. This project promotes discipline over intuition and uses appropriation rather than iteration.
Dominant formal characteristics from architectural formal typologies from the past century have been sampled, altered, and combined with formal characteristics from other typologies that present a scenario that is one of high-contrast—or at least that is what one would be led to believe. Think Louis Kahn meets Frederick Kiesler, or John Hejduk meets Cedric Price. It can work. The research is one that is both pedagogical, with respect to formal analysis and formal education, and projective, with respect to offering up new methods of architectural form making.
In expanding on the notion of typological hybridization, the physical models produced for this project further develop ambitions related to appropriation and superimposition by combining the representational conventions and strategies offered up by both axonometric drawings and physical models. These models are representations of three buildings produced in the Fifteen Buildings series. In transforming the drawing convention of the axonometric from two-dimensions to three-dimensions, the project promotes active engagement with the physical construct.
This project was exhibited at the Possible Mediums exhibition in Ann Arbor, Michigan organized by Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure, and Kyle Miller and on display earlier in 2014 at the Taubman College Liberty Gallery.
Project Credits: Kyle Miller (project designer) with Sean Morgan (research assistant).