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  • Scott CLAASSEN, Totally Useless Totems.
    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    critics: Ellie ABRONS & Ben SMITH

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Scott CLAASSEN: Totally Useless Totems develops a series of architectural totems and their configurations, free of prescribed function or meaning in order to create spaces defined by subjective relationships. These totems are objects that have figure, but shape the space around them primarily through experiential, tactile, or narrative relationships. In this way they embody both the graphic characteristics of images as well as the spatial potential of objects occupying territory.

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  • Dorimar del RÍO VÉLEZ, FLATend. The Waterman.

    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    advisors: Ellie ABRONS & Ben SMITH

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Dorimar del RÍO VÉLEZ: FLATend challenges preconceptions of the architectural volume and its representation through the use of graphics applied and manipulated at different scales. Graphics—defined here as the flat composition of shapes and forms that construct figures and patterns— formally detached from architectural conventions but based upon cultural constructs of meaning and form through legibility.

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