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  • Doing Common Wrong

    Allyson TAN, "Fragments and Connections." Model.
    oakland CALIFORNIA

    California College of the Arts
    critics: Brian PRICE and Nataly GATTEGNO.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Julian MENNE: Doing Common Wrong embraces the ordinary to create things that are spatially destabilizing and estranging.

    Buildings have increasingly been assembled using prefabricated components. Industrial efficiency has standardized components based in vernacular traditions reinforcing familiar tropes of building. Architects tend to utilize familiar tropes via common components or reject them in favor of novelties via customization and advanced technologies.

    This thesis charts an alternate path where complexity and contradiction emerges at the intersection of Home Depot’s DIY spirit and Duchamp’s ready-made technique. At this intersection, prefabricated components are assembled using methods diametrically opposed to standard assemblies to create unexpected figures that recast context, change functions, explore ambiguity, legibility and question architecture’s relationship to originality and technology.

    Stemming from the gap between the disciplinary and professional models, this thesis is realism bridged with exoticism and asks the question “how little originality is needed to have these sorts of effects?”