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  • Plastic Stereotomy

    Justin DILES, "Plastic Stereotomy."
    austin TEXAS

    TEX-FAB is extremely pleased to announce the WINNING ENTRY for the TEX-FAB PLASTICITY International Design Competition. A total of 70 entries were reviewed by the second round jury, consisting of Craig Dykers, Bill Kreysler, Roland Snooks and Greg Lynn. Each juror evaluated the final projects according to their conceptual clarity, technical potential, innovative use of materials and methods, and project feasibility. Though all entries were scored with exceptional marks, the winning entry is PLASTIC STEREOTOMY, designed by Justin Diles.

    The jury appreciated Plastic Stereotomy’s “approach to blending structural capacity with anthropologic sensitivity,” and found it “aesthetically interesting.” Puff’D was regarded for “its potential connections to other disciplines and technologies,” and found “the concept clear with interesting implications at larger scales,” while jurors appreciated the fabrication novelty offered by Monolith Translucent Lattice and “the ability to create a mold for a very complex form which would be extremely complicated using more traditional methods.” The jury commended Viscoplasty for its “structural ambition” and “clear, approachable concept.”

    BACKGROUND
    Plasticity is the fourth competition offered by TEX-FAB and builds on our interest in connecting experimental design practices with industry partners. Regal Plastic is this year’s competition material sponsor and Kreysler & Associates is providing technical and fabrication support on composite systems. The first round jury consisting of Benjamin Ball, Alvin Huang, Virginia San Fratello, Kenneth Tracy, Christine Yogiaman, and Joshua Zabel narrowed the pool down to 4 finalists and 5 honorable mentions. The finalists were chosen for their proposals innovative approach to composite manufacturing and potential contribution to the field of architecture. The winner will be a commissioned by TEX-FAB to build a full-scale version of their project through support of our fabrication and material partnerships. Once completed, the project will travel to Houston in the Spring of 2015, to be exhibited at the TEX-FAB 2015 conference hosted by the University of Houston.

    ACADIA
    The winner was announced at this year’s ACADIA conference, hosted by the University of Southern California School of Architecture. All four finalist prototypes were on exhibition at the school. ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) is the premiere North American conference on digital design and computation, fabrication, and technology. TEX-FAB continues its on-going partnership with ACADIA by furthering the organizations goals through fostering innovation and supporting the application of advanced design tools and fabrication techniques.

    PLASTIC STEREOTOMY: PROJECT DESCRIPTION
    Viva plastic! Plastic Stereotomy positions plasticity at the beginning of the design process by exploring the multiple, latent volumetric tessellations hidden in simple structural configurations, opening rich possibilities for architectural design and construction. Assisted by FEM software, our project develops strategies for reviving stereotomic masonry assembly with both cut solid and molded, hollow laminar plastics. Through our design we reimagine a once vital field of knowledge to investigate contemporary formal and aesthetic questions related to the relationships between the subdivision of volumes, constituent materials, surface depth and finishing, and construction methods. Our proposal argues for the continuing relevance of stereotomy, a rich field of architectural technique that we hope can be reinvigorated by computation and our most intriguing material invention.

    BIO
    Justin Diles is currently an Assistant Professor at The Knowlton School of Architecture at the The Ohio State University where he previously held the Howard E. LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the Faculty Prize for distinguished work. He previously taught at The University of Applied Arts,Vienna in the studio of Greg Lynn and at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in the post-professional program.

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