COLLABORATION AND CONTEXT
This project is the result of a collaboration between EMERGENT and KOKKUGIA, intended to capitalize on both shared sensibilities as well as individual expertise. It is an exploration of messy computation in the sense that the project is the result of moving in and out of the realms of designing and scripting. It represents a loose, open-ended way of working that biases effects over self-justifying processes.
COLLABORATION AND CONTEXT
the american institute of architects los angeles chapter proudly announces the winners of the first annual arch is_ program.
dwayne OYLER and jenny WU – oyler wu collaborative, los angeles, ca
tom WISCOMBE – emergent, los angeles, ca
the award ceremony and lectures are scheduled for monday, april 5 2010, 7 pm at sci-arc (960 east 3rd street, los angeles, ca 90013)
tom WISCOMBE: our point of departure for this project was to engage the nascent cultural paradigm shift from thinking about energy as something which comes magically from distant sources to something which can be generated locally in a variety of ways. our goal was not, however, to undertake an engineering experiment, or to simply express material processes, although this is certainly one dimension of the project. our primary goal was to create a sense of delight and exotic beauty around new technologies by decontextualizing them and amplifying their potential atmospheric and spatial effects.
client: dept. of culture and the arts, la (dca)
design team: tom WISCOMBE, bin LU, chris ESKEW, ryan MACYAUSKI
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
tom WISCOMBE: these three prototypes are a family. they are combinatorial in nature, fusions of diverse systems and services which generate emergent architectural behaviors and features. they are part of recent research in the office concerned with unpacking the spatial and ornamental potentials of airflow, fluid flow, and glow, often considered to be ‘minor’ forces in architecture. based on chunk logic rather than layer logic, these prototypes are intended to manufactured and delivered as fully integrated three-dimensional assemblies embedded with all internal infrastructural systems.
aacdu : emergent s impressive command of variable structures, envelopes and forms according to peter zellner in his introduction offers up a genuine route away from the shimmering imagery of the computer screen and points towards an authoritative demonstration of an architecture grounded in new building techniques. this ambitious claim is supported throughout this publication with survey of 21 works and projects, reproduced here in full colour and accompanied by plans, details, computer models and texts. among the designs featured here, many unrealised, are the cheonga city tower in incheon, korea; the freshwater and emerald plazas, uae; sundsvall arts theater, sweden; the mersey observation deck, liverpool; their dragonfly design for sci-arc, los angeles; the czech national library, prague and the urban beach for moma/p.s.1, new york.