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  • TCHOTCHKES, KNICK-KNACKS, AND NEAR-MODELS or A Celebration of All the Clutter in Architecture Offices


    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Harvard, Graduate School of Design
    Critic: Andrew HOLDER

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Jonathan RIEKE: “Tchotchkes, Knick-knacks, and Near-Models or a Celebration of All the Clutter in Architecture Offices” is a long title for a project with a relatively simple thesis…

    …and a straightforward ambition: to shake up the way in which design processes produce formal outcomes. This thesis attempts to theorize and operationalize the role of architectural Tchotchkes – small models or objects that often sit on an architects’ desk – within the space of architectural practice. By inserting the Tchotchke into the design process surrounding an otherwise straightforward office building, this thesis functions as a performance of the recursive effects that this disruptive insertion generates at all scales of design decision making.

    Architects hang on to a lot of stuff. The architecture office is often an ontologically-hybrid space, existing somewhere between a dusty archive and an efficient workplace. Models sit on cluttered work-tables, drawings go from the printer to pin-up boards, to piles on desks, and myriads of sketches infill the remaining open space. This accumulation of production within the workplace forms a thin crust of physical information that frames the everyday activity of the designer. Apart from the occasional tidying up and reshuffling of the old for the new, the status of this stuff largely goes unquestioned with respect to its impact on the formal practices (management or design) of any given office.
    As the residue of past processes, these formerly-operational objects work indirectly on the subjectivity of the designer: conveying an attitude rather than contributing to a working knowledge. In the same way that Aunt Wanda’s tchotchke cabinet engenders a certain atmosphere in her petit-bourgeois sitting room, the amalgamation of architectural Knick-Knacks contributes to a professional mise en scène within the workplace. The specificity of this scenography brackets the formal and conceptual domains of a given practice.
    This thesis attempts to theorize and operationalize the role of architectural Tchotchkes within the space of architectural practice. By inserting the Tchotchke into the design process surrounding an otherwise straightforward office building, this thesis functions as a performance of the recursive effects that this disruptive insertion generates at all scales of design decision making.

    About Jonathan RIEKE:

    Jonathan RIEKE is the 2017 Migg Caulkins Urban Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Jonathan received his M.Arch from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Prize. He received his B.S. in architecture at The Ohio State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction. Prior to joining the Knowlton School, Jonathan worked as a designer for numerous offices including The Los Angeles Design Group (TheLADG), Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and Morphosis Architects. Jonathan’s work has been exhibited at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jonathan is a founding member of the design firm mr Studio.

    jon@mrstudio.us
    www.mrstudio.us
    www.jonathanrieke.com

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