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  • Succulent Hispid
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    harlen MILLER, francesco VALENTE-GORJUP, & jordon GEARHART: Succulent plants, also known as succulents or fat plants, are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climate or soil conditions. Succulent plants store water in their leaves, stems and/or roots. The storage of water often gives succulent plants a more swollen or fleshy appearance than other plants, also known as succulence. In addition to succulence, succulent plants variously have other water-saving features. The Succulant Hyspid creates an unexpected relationship between the observer and the lighting.

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  • sunset gallery
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    francesco VALENTE-GORJUP: “Sometimes the structure of a building is designed to reinforce another idea. In these cases the structure is not the element that generates the building’s form. The structure assumes a secondary, supporting role. For aesthetic or formal reasons it may even assume so much of a minor role that it may be for all intents and purposes invisible, inessential to the architectural experience, i.e., pure background. Alternatively, an idea about the structure may be what generates the design, where the building’s structure and form are one in the same. The structure may even function as a didactic tool that is omnipresent at all levels, conditioning multiple scales of the architectural experience. In this case, structure is all foreground” (Jeffrey Inaba).

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  • culver city innovation center
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    aleris RODGERS+francesco VALENTE-GORJUP: The Culver City Innovation Center caters to budding designers and inventors, providing them with work and display space, as well as the services necessary for them to conceive, design, fabricate, and market their inventions on site. In order to make the workshops as accessible as possible to the studios, we stacked the shops vertically in a central core and wrapped the studios around them. The glazed shops are interconnected both internally via private circulation and externally by a more public atrium, meant to increase awareness of activities taking place in other levels of the shop core.

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