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  • Erin CUEVAS, Embodying Infrastructure.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    University of Southern California
    critic: Doris SUNG

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:

    Erin CUEVAS: While the automobile has evolved to fit the desires of drivers, infrastructure has remained static. Rather than fostering a proper environment for the contemporary mobile lifestyle, infrastructure instead produces a monotonous and often irritating experience of driving—especially during traffic. Is it possible for infrastructure to function the same was as cars, as an extension of the driver’s body and identity?

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  • cocoon housing
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    john FARRACE: Cocoon Housing is a highly conceptual, seemingly impractical and unrealistic housing typology that was designed for the purpose of exploring techniques of representation.  The project is an attempt to reduce both technical and experiential drawings to their essence (at a graphic level), and hybridize them into a homogenous set of drawings that reference the mediated experience of a camera lens (in perspective) and the raw look of black and white technical line drawings.  Each drawing fits into a given category — plan, elevation, perspective, for example — but have specific components of other categories, leaving an “in-between drawing” that represents and speaks to multiple ideas at once.

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  • bundle
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Complex Morphologies/University of Southern California – Professor roland SNOOKS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    megan MAGRAW/Dave SAUNDERS/nh RATHER : An examination of algorithmic morphology based on the transformation of agent based growth. as the agents evolve, cohesion factors cause bundling, forming structural characteristics as agents bind together. the result is a series of fibrous strands developing a dialogue between structural and inhabitable space.

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  • typological silk stretching
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    qi SU & shenyuan GUO: the contemporary city’s development is nothing but the future designed by predictability and limitation. however, in fact, people have already got tired of the intended purpose mode of space and invariable architectural materials, and they are trying to look forward to new breakthrough. so from this point on, there is no doubt that what contemporary architects did is funny and ridiculous. the complexities of society and technical development have made our urban life “out of control”. people should live in a new world with random growth and great diversity, rather than rigid pre-established planning. thus, in our project, based on adaptive scenario, an open porous and self generating structure is created. the rampant and illusive silks weave an urban future formatted by unpredictability and mystique.

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  • intensive fields
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    for some time now, digital technologies have had a substantial impact on architectural design. from the use of standard drafting packages to the more experimental use of generative design tools. but how might these digital technologies – and parametric design tools in particular – help us to design cities?

    entrance is free on registration.

    1212.09 conference, taper hall 101, university of southern california