Overmining – Andreas Kostopoulos & Avra Tomara


If Tom Wiscombe is your studio professor you know you are going to be exploring the relationship of the architectural envelope and its relationship to the human body and the creation of space.  Andreas Kostopoulos & Avra Tomara put it as an exploration into creating loose and tight spaces that are then “overmined”.  The exploration leads to how spaces begin to push and pull against each other, when spaces kiss, and the junk space.  The program is then forced to push against its external envelope to define the buildings ornamentation, instead of being placed within a box.  The models gif alone is pretty awesome; check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Andreas Kostopoulos & Avra Tomara 
University of Pensylvania, PennDesign
PROFESSORS: Tom Wiscombe & Nate Hume

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Immersive Kinematics – University of Pennsylvania

Today we are showcasing and interesting and collaborative research studio going on at the University of Pennsylvania.  The research group is called Immersive Kinematics, and is headed by professors Simon Kim and Mark Yim.  The group is a blend of design students and engineers, who are exploring the worlds of robotics as they relate to architecture and engineering.  Where the elements they are generating are on a small scale, they are honing in on the use of technology that attacks our senses.  Check it out after the jump!  

SCHOOL: University of Pennsylvania
PROFESSORS: Simon Kim and Mark Yim
COURSE: Immersive Kinematics – Research Group
STUDENTS:  Collaborators

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Visual Studies 521 – Penn Design

Today we’re gonna take it a little easy.  We’re gonna show you a few videos from students at U Penn’s Penn Design SoA.  Each video investigates how we express architectural ideas and the different mediums, and how we can create a new medium to present a more well understood and coherent architectural vision.

STUDENTS: Alyssa Olson, Andrew Gardner, William Wong, Kordae Henry
SCHOOL: University of Pennsylvania PennDesign SoA
CLASS:  Visual Studies

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