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  • Compound Form

    Carolina GRANHOLM, Martin LÖFQVIST, Cecilia OLDENQVIST, & Lian YUPENG.
    gothenburg SWEDEN

    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture
    critics: Daniel NORELL & Stefan SVEDBERG.

    Two or several forms that partially but not fully coalesce into a larger whole characterize a compound form. Compound form is distinct from both recent approaches to digital design and historical approaches such as collage. . . .

    It does not attempt to smoothly absorb all differences, nor does it strive for fragmentation. Instead, it attempts to create new sensibilities by combining forms and textures into new, ambiguous entities. It celebrates discontinuities, shifting materialities and odd couplings of distinct forms. Compound form is sensual in nature, but its constituent, vaguely familiar objects simultaneously give rise to a set of slower associations.

    Compound form is aligned with a re-emerging culture of sampling in architecture. Design was structured in two phases, Object and Character. Object targeted form by tweaking and intersecting redrawn silhouettes of found artifacts. Character targeted color and texture based on manipulating and aligning / misaligning samplings of existing artworks. Overall, this created a fusion of the figurative with more textured, sensual qualities.

    Compound form was a 4 week graduate course at Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture, spring 2016.

    Student work featured:
    Carolina Granholm, Martin Löfqvist, Cecilia Oldenqvist, Lian Yupeng; Regina Makhmutova, Gustav Nyman, Qiaoyi Tong, Markus Åsberg; Carl Darenlind, Amanda Eliasson, Mengyao Hou, Friederike von Meissner.

    Sampled artworks:
    Echo Lake album cover Wild Peace; Beth Nicholas, Out to Sea; Rumiko Matsumoto, Parallel World; Holton Rower, Pour Paint Art.

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