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  • Romantic Dissonance
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    ZIFAN liu: The majority of contemporary architecture is interested in concretizing a certain idea of form. While almost every attempt of making architecture seems Largely rely on either a typology of shapes or a rhetoric of complex geometry. It has become a mechanism of control in contemporary architecture design. No matter how sophisticated the techniques are, the form still exists as an underlying framework, static and rational.

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  • figural primitives
    los angeles CALIFORNIA / shanghai CHINA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    zifan LIU: Long concerned with the articulation of form by means of volume to mass, and way beyond a contemporary threshold of hyper articulation, the discipline seems to be at a critical juncture by having to choose between polar opposites: to continue the search for more complexity via the willful sculpting of soft surface, or to return to a fundamental purity by the articulation of simple platonic volumes.

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  • peregrinate
    los angeles CA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    vincent POCSIK/zach SCHOCH/mike GROSS/zifan LIU: This installation stems from an intensive research on ornamental techniques used within traditional Islamic and Persian architecture. A particular focus was placed on a type of corbel known as Muqarnas. Muqarnas is a three dimensional decoration composed of niche-like shapes, arranged in tiers that usually cover undersides of vaults and arches. Its unique ability to transition between different compositional elements was closely studied in order to create our own order of assembly.

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