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  • T. BURRY, O. DUROSS, & W. ADAMS, SV. Photo: GLINTstudios.
    lexington KENTUCKY

    Beaux Arts Ball is an overlapping manifestation of pleasure and design. It is a charitable event with its heels buried in a 19th century desire to transcend the scope of tamed human imagination; a testimony to the feverish cerebral discipline of the original students of the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

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  • LIVE. LEARN. WORK: University as social and cultural catalyst.
    lexington KENTUCKY

    University of Kentucky College of Design (UK/CoD)
    School of Architecture
    critic: Martin SUMMERS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Brian RICHTER: In recent years Lexington, Kentucky has become an increasingly unique mid-size urban center with incredible cultural, social and economic potential. Much of this potential may be attributed to Lexington’s youth and leadership, who are responsible for initiating many of the proposed city projects that have the ability to build Lexington as a regional urban model.

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  • Tangible Projection
    lexington KENTUCKY

    University of Kentucky College of Design (UK/CoD)

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Chico NICHOLS: Tangible Projection combines a tangible field condition of translucent strings at a variety of densities with an intangible two dimensional projection. The combination of the strings and the projection allow for the projection, until now a two dimensional medium, to manifest itself in three dimensions. The different densities of the strings create high density areas that act as a screen to catch the projection and are placed in combination with low density areas that allow a person to occupy the space of the projection.

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  • jimenez LAI
    lexington KENTUCKY

    On Friday, September 28, Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular, will give a lecture titled “BS” in which he will discuss the relationship between fiction, theory, representation, installation, and buildings. Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. BUREAU SPECTACULAR imagines other worlds and engages the design of architecture through telling stories. Beautiful stories about character development, relationships, curiosities and attitudes; absurd stories about fake realities that invite enticing possibilities. . . .

    jimenez LAI, “BS”
    Friday, 09/28
    5.00 pm / 209 Pence Hall
    University of Kentucky
    College of Design
    Lexington, KY 40506

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  • michael SPEAKS
    houston TEXAS

    Michael Speaks, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Design and Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky. His essays and exhibitions in the 1990s were among the first to introduce a new generation of Dutch architects and planners to a broader audience in the U.S. Speaks has also played an important role in recent debates about city branding and alternative models of city planning, authoring a number of essays and advisory studies as well as overseeing scenario studies commissioned by city and regional governments in the Netherlands.

    Michael Speaks, “
Design Education and the Entrepreneurial Turn”
    Wednesday, 09/05
    6.00 pm / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet St.
    Houston, Texas 77005

  • UK/CoD Workshop
    lexington KENTUCKY

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Sift Studio/adam FURE: In this weekend-long workshop students mixed multiplicitous material narratives through the construction of heterogeneous, saturated objects. The material palette was foreign, forcing students to develop novel potentials out of seemingly strange matter. Initial experimentation focused on the material’s latent tendencies to aggregate (how it naturally bundles, bunches, bends, and folds for example). Students tested, recorded, and codified techniques of assembly—ultimately coercing the unwieldy matter into working systems of aggregation that were supported by designed substructures.

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  • Pushinsky Cinema Facade
    lexington KENTUCKY

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    kyle MILLER: This design proposal for rehabilitating the Pushinsky Cinema Facade in Moscow seeks to showcase and celebrate the virtual aesthetic potentials latent in non-representational architectural surface design, design which strategically employs color, pattern, texture, and translucency to create non-cognitive, visual sensations that leave the viewer void of mental representations and void of signified external imagery. The project is fundamentally about reconsidering ornamentation in contemporary architectural design and capitalizing on the capabilities of parametric design to simultaneously achieve variation and repetition across a field of self-similar building components (in this case, facade panels).

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  • Augmented Fabrication
    lexington KENTUCKY

    The Augmented Fabrication seminar focused on the design and prototyping of custom fabrication machines that combine digital precision with user skills/intuition. The projects began with research into specific techniques and equipment used in fabrication at a large and small scale to examine how these processes use a network of highly specific tools to achieve a complex result. Each team took one of these techniques and developed a machine that was used to fabricate their final installation. The machines are controlled by digital animations that give the designer a high degree of control over the output of the system. The individual pieces produced by the machines were then assembled into the final prototypes.

    Images: Michael Haas

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  • Translations (with clark THENHAUS)
    lexington KENTUCKY

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    craig CHAMBERLAIN, victor SMITH, madelynn RINGO: Translations (a workshop series hosted by Kyle Miller, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, College of Design).

    “Translations” is a series of lectures and workshops organized around the concept of employing multiple modes of making, a diverse set of design techniques and mixed media within the architectural design process. Multiplication and hybridity of making ensures a cyclical design process in which concepts are translated from state to state, opening the possibility for interpretation, intuition, and innovation within the process of architectural design.

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  • clark THENHAUS
    lexington KENTUCKY

    Clark Thenhaus is founder and principal of multi-disciplinary design studio Endemic. His design work and drawings have been widely exhibited and published both in the US and internationally. Clark is currently Associate Lecturer in landscape at RMIT in Melbourne and has previously taught at numerous institutions in the US in both landscape and architecture. Clark earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied as the 3-year Fidelli Fellow.

    clark THENHAUS
    Friday, 04/06
    5.00 pm / 209 Pence Hall
    University of Kentucky
    College of Design
    117 Pence Hall
    Lexington, KY 40506