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  • Botio KUO, "Big Dumb Building."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: Ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Botio KUO: A building becomes an urban artifact when the scale of it becomes big enough to be considered urbanism.

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  • Connor COVEY, "Folded Urbanism."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: Ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Connor COVEY: Folded Urbanism is a 3,000,000-square-foot megaform located just outside of downtown Los Angeles, in Lincoln Heights. The object positions itself uncomfortably on the site, between the L.A. Metro train and the Arroyo Seco.

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  • Ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS / Amorphis, "Go Figure."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    “It may seem anachronistic to bring up the word craft today, especially within the context of contemporary technology and its related modes of production, but there are striking parallels between this medieval concept and digitally driven architectural practice. . . .”

    [EXCERPTED FROM FRESH PUNCHES ]

    *image: Ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS / Amorphis, “Go Figure.”

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  • Eccentric Housing
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: Ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Spike LIU & Mark A. SANTA INES: As an object on the block, our interest was to develop a unit interlocking strategy that would integrate in section, composing neighborhoods within a hinged bar, collectively coming together as a massing that would remain undefined as a housing project.

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  • NTCArt Museum (New Taipei City Art Museum)
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Amorphis (ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS), IDEA Office (eric KAHN & russell THOMSEN), and Flab (heather FLOOD): NTCArt Museum (New Taipei City Art Museum)

    Contrary to the conventional museum as an insular institution that isolates art from the life of the city surrounding it, the NTCArt seeks to generate new experiences and understandings by merging art, recreation and tourism as a compelling set of convergences. Rather than museum as a collector or storehouse of culture, the NTCArt will be a people’s art museum, a generator of culture and lifestyle that comes from the convergence of art and life.

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  • Go Figure
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS: The contemporary architectural figure has evolved into two coherent strains of formal expression: the cartoon and the visceral. The cartoon figure is about simplicity & clarity and engages the intellect through an optical visuality. It employs a juvenile-like sensibility towards geometry and form, is logo-centric, and privileges the mediated. The visceral figure is about intensity & sensation and bypasses the intellect and engages the nervous system through a haptic visuality. It employs a complex, biomorphic sensibility towards geometry, form, and material, and privileges the immediate.

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  • Omnia, Nihil
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-arc
    critic: ramiro DIAZ-GRANADOS,

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    ronny ECKELS: Peter Sloterdijk describes the dyad “as the absolute figure, the pure bipolar form.”[1] It is from this notion of twoness that Omnia, Nihil begins its exploration of incongruity and the figure within the context of a black box theatre. The project understands the figure in the Delezuian sense of the Body without Organs as that which “remains when you take everything away.”[2]

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