The idea of presence is one that eludes definition. It falls into the trap of being an abstract concept that sits on the edge of our perception and yet is intrinsic to it. A particularly strong presence can suddenly capture the attention and demand its focus, and conversely, a weak but pervasive presence can distract the observer, sapping precious attention to satisfy it. Observing presence is like trying to draw one’s own hand while drawing with that same hand, possible, but not without a degree of projection…
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Permanence and Change
The Natural world is one that is neither stable nor permanent, and the built world by contrast is often thought of as its opposite, concrete and stubborn. These two opposing environments have served as the inspiration for the architecture I have studied and as the focal point of my artwork regarding nature and the built environment. However, to say that I am interested in the differences between the natural world and the man-made one would be misleading. Even when compared semantically “natural” and “man-made” are two words that are not necessarily opposed…
The Business of Connection
In our current digital age access is everything. The internet has provided us with the expectation that information can now be within reach at a moments notice, and this expectation is slowly creeping into aspects of our world outside of the purely digital.
No Stop System
Archizoom’s No stop city is a proposed dystopian conclusion to consumer-driven architectural development. In No stop city the box store is the template applied to the entirety of occupiable space, resulting in the endless interior, a space that is so all-encompassing that it defines even the horizon. The project conveyed this notion of uniform regulated space in a series of drawings and installations in the nineteen sixties and seventies that expressed the group’s general discontentment with the homogenizing effects that capitalism was having on the world around them. These drawings included endless architectural column grids that wash over natural landscapes, perverse depictions of consumerist products artificially populating these spaces, and dystopic depictions of the alleged gridded falseness of a system that claims to be natural. What is perhaps most disconcerting is that the group insists that we are living in this world and not even aware of it. This is perhaps the most significant attribute of No-Stop City. Because it never ends, it would be impossible to recognize one was living in it.
A Natural Architecture
An exploration of how architecture has emerged from the natural environment and has then redefined what was natural to begin with. The nuance of this relationship is one that I attempt to dissect from within and then offer some examples of how this seemingly subconscious sensibility has manifest itself in the built environment.