Monthly Archives: August 2012

methods: tensile structures

  Perhaps synonymous with nomadism and mobility are lightweight structures, such as tents, canopies, and umbrellas. At the root concept of these forms is a highly efficient, lightweight structural form. The advantage of this method is that it is easily … Continue reading

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reading: The Complex and the Singular by Sanford Kwinter

Sanford Kwinter’s essay The Complex and the Singular lays out an interesting criticism of modernism and an approach for architecture, reinserting time as a dominant dimensional consideration over space. He is interested in the novelty, “a politics of form based on … Continue reading

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methods: the ephemeral

Since this project is interested in the potential of temporary use, spatial appropriation, and their relation to conventions of property, I thought that a method could involve emphasizing the ephemeral and temporal quality of these aims. I am interested in … Continue reading

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formal precedent: architectural folly

The architectural folly as a “type” is interesting to me, here represented by two modern examples, Bernard Tschumi’s Parc de la Villette and Jerome Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp’s Curtain. The folly type seems to deny pure functional design, but instead … Continue reading

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temporary use: urban pioneers

I’ve been reading the book Urban Pioneers, which focuses on temporary use as an urban movement, particularly focusing on the movement in Berlin and how it is influenced by such things as urban planning policy. One quote in an interview … Continue reading

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