Pratt Institute GAUD
critic : David RUY.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
KWERB (Wayne ERB & Kaysey Ann THOMAS): The studio focused on the problem of the Monument. How does a place like Washington D.C. determine what it should look like? What should America look like? What types of principles are we seeking to project with our Aesthetic goals?
The project is a series of inverted domes hidden within book stacks to form a reading room for Washington D.C. It is a solitary space for people to think.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
KWERB: We looked at the architectural vernacular of Washington D.C. and a posthumanist critique of man’s power represented in architecture. Specifically, we played off of the grand domes that frames man in the center of the space and reflecting ponds that exemplifies the monumentality of American architecture. We wanted to decenter the person in the space by creating many “centers” with overlapping domes adorned with ornamentation not associated with any specific culture or time period. Further, we looked at ruins that resulted in a field of columns and excavated floors to destabilize the ground plane.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
KWERB: Reading: Sylvia Lavin, Kissing Architecture and various articles from Mario Carpo, Gottfried Siemper, and Graham Harman. Watching Chanel runway shows and watching/listening to Jamie XX, “GOSH” music video.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
KWERB: Rem Koolhaas, Tadao Ando, Louis Kahn, Kersten Geers David Van Severen, and Johnston Marklee.
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Credit to Mark Foster Gage as critic and Catherine Ingraham for her lectures on posthumanism in architecture.