V-Dress – Brian Harms

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As architects and designers we tend to stray into every field of exploration, which is proven by the diverse portfolio of Brian Harms.  A strong interest in digital fabrication and forward thinking design drew F+ to his work.  The V-Dress, or voronoi dress, is a cross pollination of architecture, fashion, and digital production.  We have touched about upon this topic before, as it seems to have become a growing trend with digital fabrication bridging into high fashion.  The V-Dress modular unit that hides the body plays with provocative nature of veiling and revealing the human body.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Brian Harms
SCHOOL: 
SCI-Arc

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The Architecture of an Education – SCI-Arc

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The days of summer are a welcomed relief after a year buried in studio, where you are constantly straining, flexing, pushing the designer within. Today we came across a short film sharing a glimpse into the culture and students of SCI-Arc.   The life of an architecture student is perfectly framed by LJ Roxas as “High Speed and always running”.  Never stop running and check out the film after the jump! 

SCHOOL: SCI-Arc
FILM:  Ryan Tyler Martinez
YEAR: 2013

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FIELD SO GOOD – Ben Warwas

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One of our favorite things about architecture school is the ability to go nuts and create forms from anything you can think of.  We’r really diggin’ this project from Ben at SCI-Arc.  Using a pattern within a field condition, he creates living spaces at different scales, using the same tessellated pattern.  The graphics are what we really like about this project, going nuts with color, providing a playful change to the normal black and white drawings.

STUDENT: Ben Warwas
SCHOOL:
SCI-ARC
PROFESSORS: Florencia Pita
COURSE: M. Thesis –  Best Thesis award
YEAR: 2012

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Knitted Cloud – Mehrzad Rafeei & Somayyeh Ramezani

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Check out this crazy project from Mehrzad & Somayyeh at Sci-Arc.  Made to better bridge the gap between digitally designed, computational geometries and their physical construction, it’s a series of small shading structures made to form a network that shades an entire stadium.  Check it out.

STUDENT: Mehrzad Rafeei & Somayyeh Ramezani
SCHOOL:
Sci – Arc
PROFESSORS: Marcelo Spina
COURSE: Summer Studio 
YEAR: 2012

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Bundle House – Jason Orbe-Smith & Keyla Hernandez

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Some architects live for straight lines and simple geometrical forms, and others are enticed by the elegance and seductiveness of a curve. Jason Orbe-Smith & Keyla Hernandez’s exploration into curvature with their Bundle House certainly would catch the eye of both sides of the conversation.  The language and detail of the curve is given strength and rigor through the exploration of digital scripting, where the spaces flow into each other and visual densities define private and public space through the fenestration.  Even the landscape and vegetation allows for the architecture to defining its own spatial relationship to the site.  Our only criticism is trying to call this a single family home, the programmatic strength and study could greater serve as a new possible network of urban sprawl.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Jason Orbe-Smith & Keyla Hernandez 
SCHOOL:
SCI-ARC
PROFESSORS: Hernan Diaz Alonso
COURSE: XLAB studio
YEAR: 2012

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Zero Gravity – Kervin Lau

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In this project we can quickly see the heavy influence of Tom Wiscombe on Kervin Lau’s Zero Gravity Theater.  The exoskeleton of the facade and interior space are generated so as to create a “cavernous space” for the user to travel through.  Each move of the exterior is then forced to correlate to an interior condition, as the facade pushes and pulls to actually generate programmable space.  The project does reside next to Frank Ghery’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, so the project certainly fits the extreme landscape, yet the volumetric shifts hold a more intriguing personal interaction between site, circulation and program.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Kervin Lau
SCHOOL: 
SCI-Arc
PROFESSORS: Tom Wiscombe
YEAR: Fall 2012

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Sculpted Box – Taryn Bone + Johnny Ng

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Since the addition of the High Line to the New York City landscape we have begun to see an influx of apartment buildings and high rises being built all around it.  Unlike when it was an elevated  rail system and buildings shunned the tracks, the new designs are creating an intimate relationship to the site, as they hug it closer and lean over the walkway. Taryn Bone and Johnny Ng project does that and more, as their project pushes and pulls against the high line, the facades densification plays with the new found voyeurism given to walkers on the raised platform.  The skin of the building opens up reveling circulation and public spaces, and blanks out private space, leaving some program to the viewer’s imagination.  We just wish all these buildings would begin the 2nd dialogue of the high-line and finally begin to connect points of public circulation into these new hubs.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Taryn Bone + Johnny Ng
SCHOOL: 
SCI-Arc
PROFESSORS: Marcelo Spina – www.p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s.net
COURSE: M.Arch 1- year 2
YEAR: 2013

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Phantom Geometry – Southern California Institute of Architecture

Last week we came across Liz and Kyle von Hasseln’s research being done for Phantom Geometry and shared it with you on our Facebook page.  There study pushes the future in which rapid prototyping can be approached.  Check out the full story covered by Fastcodesign.com after the jump!

STUDENTS: Liz and Kyle von Hasseln
SCHOOL:
SCI-ARC
AWARD: Gehry Prize
YEAR: 2012

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ROMANTIC DISSONANCE – ZIFAN LIU

“Instead of balanced, elegant and skillful, I want to produce disproportionate, absurd and raw as a unique sensibility to both the content and the form. yet still in a very sentimental context.”  Zifan Liu’s graduate thesis takes a step back from the controls of form and rational relationship.  He tries to design outside the limitations of actual architecture, and explores the absurdity of fantasy, a collage of random thoughts and space.  Reminiscent of collage design through the juxtaposing disparate elements of a place through the actions of excavation, addition, and reconfiguration .  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Zifan Liu
SCHOOL: 
SCI-ARC
PROFESSORS: Marcelo Spina: www.p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s.net
COURSE: Graduate Thesis 
YEAR: 2011

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Low Fidelity – Erin Besler


Low Fidelity by Erin Besler is a thesis that steps outside the generic fromula of approaching thesis; which normally is problem, solution, building.  The thesis challenges  the mediums in which architecture and building are understood.  She goes far beyond any case study in her explorational thesis which is married with House VI by Peter Eisenman.  Each time flipping the design on its head and challenging it in a new medium and way of understanding architect through graphic and physical mediums.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Erin Besler
SCHOOL:
SCI-ARC
PROFESSORS: Andrew Atwood
COURSE: Thesis
YEAR: 2012

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