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  • Physical model, Reimagining L.A.’s Union Station. Assistant Professor Heather Roberge, instructor. Students: Kim, Lee, and Nabi.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Heather ROBERGE speaks on her recent studios and seminars, topology’s role in challenging Platonic solids, the status of precedent and history in architectural education, extradisciplinary case studies as a route to new architectural knowledge, and much more.

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    *Image courtesy the author. Physical model, “Reimagining L.A.’s Union Station.” Research Studio, UCLA A.UD. Assistant Professor Heather Roberge, instructor. Students: Kim, Lee, & Nabi.

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  • New Taipei City Museum of Art
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    murmur: Our proposal wears a loose cloak of color that sweeps lightly across the landscape, leaving elegant contours in its wake. Resembling large sails, the building’s surfaces appear to flutter as lenticular color effects enliven its surfaces. The building’s figure remains elusive like a body concealed behind a loose dress. This elusiveness animates the project’s changing silhouette and draws relationships between the project and the surrounding urban fabric.

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  • the succulent house
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    heather ROBERGE: The contemporary American house is experiencing a deepening crisis of identity in this era of growing environmentalism. This identity crisis began nearly fifty years ago with the end of the Case Study House program and the rapid acceleration of suburbanization. The discipline of architecture never regained its footing in the context of American housing as housing became a product, subject to the efficiencies and economics of mass manufacture. The impact of suburban sprawl on energy, water and transportation infrastructure was largely overlooked until its geographic consequences were already firmly entrenched. The widespread growth of environmentalism has begun to address this problem, but even the corresponding aesthetic of the environmental movement has done little to assert a new identity for the American house.
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  • N_Urples
    los angeles CA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    sorayos tang CHUENCHOMPHU, renee d. SMITH, leon m. CIFALA + nate m. GREEN: N_Urples was an exercise producing a surface, which created visual affects by parallax and proximity. The unit is a hexagon constructed of three panels whose color treatment act to undermine readings of the geometric tessellation. An a-b connection scheme allows for up to 12 connection types which produce a variety of swelling, swaleing and clumping affects in a variety of connections. Any overall reading of the aesthetic as either biological or mechanical is subverted by the treatment of the surface as a deformed field of bulbs which when read alone could be associated with anything from a fly’s eye to a hubcap.

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  • point blank
    los angeles CA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    daniella GOHARI, molly HUNKER, abby KATCHER, and daniel POEI: Point Blank is an exterior panelized rainscreen design, fabricated through the process of milling in foam and vacu-forming plastic. Instead of a tessellation that aggregates with specific rules to create a preconceived design, our panels are meant to aggregate in many orientations and groupings as an index of programmatic elements on the interior.

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