Shrivel and Shrink

When building 1:1, traditional methods of evaluating scale and size seem to no longer apply. Typical architectural elements of human scale are often absent (such as windows, stairs and doors), eliminating any visual or spatial cues to provide an overall sense of scale. More often than not, the tessellation of materials are the only clues, but when made with newer materials, size and scale can still be a mystery.

This one-week workshop results in a design-build installation that challenges and embodies various notions of scalelessness (or scalefulness) by combining purposeless program, shrinking details, manual assembly, digital zooming and minimal tools. Students should be willing to be inspired by biological sources, to understand changing geometries, and to use their hands to build scaleless and human-scaled artifacts. The installation is fast, furious and temporary, because as Peter Cachola Schmal eloquently stated in his forward for The Pavilion: Pleasure and Polemics in Architecture, the “lack of permanence [in installation architecture] has often been the trampoline for invention.”

ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst. Co-taught with Doris Kim Sung, Justin Kang, and Dylan Wood (DOSU Studio Architecture). Graduate design workshop (1 credit). University of Minnesota School of Architecture.

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