Georgia Institute of Technology
critic: Jennifer BONNER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Colin LIENHARD: Big Freedia’s Institute for Iconic Women: A Herstory of New Orleans. What defines a southern female icon? How does she inform her axonometric architecture?
American Architecture—primarily in the southeast—is often dominated by the white male, this project explores the unsung heroines throughout the history of New Orleans, Louisiana by creating an architecture that celebrates these female icons that is Axonometrically “Fit For a Queen”. Through the inspiration of Peter Eisenman’s House X, this project uses a duality of architectural perspectives [through top view and worm’rs-eye view] to comment on society’s false and one sided perspectives of women throughout history.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
CL: I found myself very drawn to the gritty and unusual aspects of New Orleans, in particular Voodoo and Bounce Music and the cultures that surround them—that is, the non-heteronormative. I wanted to explore things that were, on one hand, Dirty South and, on the other hand, uniquely New Orleans.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
CL: Reading: Charles Moore, You have to Pay for Public Life. Listening to: Big Freedia (obviously); Azealia Banks; Lady Gaga; Tove Lo; and Serial. Watching: Vice, American Horror Story: Coven.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
CL: Snarkitecture; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; MVRDV; Asymptote Architecture; and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects.