University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Paul PREISSNER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Lyly HUYEN & Aeree RHO: We exploded architecture into parts, and then begin to use those parts to make things that look like pointless toys, or big inert things too shy to be helpful . . .
We exploded architecture into parts, and then begin to use those parts to make things that look like pointless toys, or big inert things too shy to be helpful, we’ll start to investigate the opportunities that these qualities, and colors, shapes and objects offer for the construction of an architecture which enjoys slowness, and stammering, or stutters, stumbles, blobs, or flops that the oldest communicative art forms typically try to bury. We’ll un-bury it. We will make things that might not find friends or take shelter in shared ambitions or offer anything other than blunt, difficult, funny, lazy, sloppy, personal, deep experiences for some people. This project is open to anybody, but it isn’t for everybody. The aim was to make very big things, that look very dumb to very smart people, but to us they are beautiful. Oddities, and mistakes, and problems that we recognize as the only remaining manner in which to construct meaningful architecture that can do something besides sell something. As a result, it was to build an attitude and unearned confidence and insight and sharpness in critique of the world and architectures role within it and without of it.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
LH & AR: Paul Preissner; Zago Architects; Frank Gehry; MOS Architects; and ETH Zurich.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
LH & AR: Reading Steven Knapp, Against Theory and Walter Benn Michaels. Listening to Disney Pandora Radio and The Doors. Watching Rick & Morty and The Eric Andre Show.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
LH & AR: MOS Architects, T+E+A+M, and Herzog & de Meuron.