• M&N

    Danny KARAS, "M&N." Cutaway rendering, exterior.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    advisor: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Danny KARAS: M&N is a proposal for a competition proposed by ArchMedium for a fire house in San Francisco Port 30. The program includes rooms for living, working, and learning for the Fire Department. This thesis project draws most of its inspiration from a simple idea: repeating seemingly similar elements to create an off-kilter harmony.

    Repetition in architecture has typically manifested itself in duplication. In the process of duplication formal lineage is lost; the articulation is singular, a simple element repeated rather then evolved. By taking the act of duplication and treating it as a genealogy, there is a potential to create form without singularity.

    Take, for example, the simple architectural gesture of the box; we shall call this box M. In order to repeat M without duplication we look at the gesture and location. By relocation M along an axis of symmetry, we have the act of mirroring, but this in not enough to create a new lineage. This new box, that we will call N, must be deformed in a way that makes reference to M yet still has its own individuality. This process can happen by connecting features through splines; these splines attach the the axis of symmetry and create a deformation connection, linking M and N. This link is the first step in creating a lineage of formal duplication. Once M and N are joined, we are left with an object with a new connected line of formal symmetry and several open splines ready to be repeated. This connected object becomes the new M. This process can now be repeated, adding new lines of symmetrical deformation. These open lines of symmetry can be used for macro-level formal moves or micro-level detail. Using these parameters, it is possible to create a large form embedded with a “genealogy.” As N is repeatedly drawn from M the form increases in complexity yet does not lose its lineage.

    M and N breed through splines and create architectural complexity without the need for typical methods such as aggregation or repetition. Using this process, it is possible to create a larger figure embedded with the harmony of duplication, without the doldrums of repetition. The origin of M and N is lost, yet has created new architectural DNA that manifests itself in the life of a project of architecture.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    DK: Near-future science fiction, the Hancock building, and the video game Stasis.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    DK: Listening to Otis Redding and watching any semi-decent content on Netflix.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    DK: COOP Himmelb(l)au and Xefirotarch.

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