• Sgt. Pepper

    Matheos ASFAW, "Sgt. Pepper." Model, detail.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA


    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Matheos ASFAW: This thesis is a critical reflection on the role of the section in the architectural design process. The section is investigated with the assumption that conventional section drawings have difficulty representing the continuous dynamism of nonlinear spaces.

    In other words, the plan and section offer partial analytical representations. But the changing characters of these surfaces resist a single moment of analysis. Working on the convention of the architectural section as a means of projection, with MRI (animated section) and the slit-scan as methods of representation, this thesis attempts to update the discussion on how these methods could be used as means to project architecture.

    This thesis attempts to reinterpret the section using animation methods and techniques that we have become accustomed to, in order to transform it into something that is versatile enough to be not only able to dissect and analyze, but also to produce architectural forms that can participate in current architectural discourse. The animations produce controlled forms, but they also produce unexpected outcomes such as openings, slight geometric differences between frames, and textural bumps and other visually interesting architectural features.

    On a larger scale, this thesis is about the relationship between architecture and technology and as as Branko Kolarevic writes: “The interest of architects in the re-use of technology and methods from other industries is nothing new. Architects have always looked beyond the boundaries of their discipline, appropriating materials, methods and process from other industries as needed. Historically, these technology transfers have been at the core of many successful advances, widening the scope of innovation and continually affecting the prevalent norms of practice.”

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MA: The value of the section drawing, and Andrew Atwood’s comments about how the section is usually thought of after the form is made.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    MA: Reading: Branko Kolarevic; Greg Lynn; Bruno Latour; Michael Young; Stan Allen; and Robin Evans.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MA: Greg Lynn, Michael Young, GMUNK, Le Corbusier, and Picasso.

    Additional credits and links:
    Special thanks to Mathew Au, Marcelyn Gow, Stephano Passeri, and Dora Epstein Jones for being a sounding board when i needed it most. Hernan Diaz Alonzo and Thom Mayne for believing me; and Dwayne Oyler, who always had my back. Also, a big thank you for all those who helped me put this together—to many to list, in fear of not including everyone.


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