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  • In/un-stable domesticity | Javier Arbona
    info Javier Arbona Voice and SMS 001 607 233 4615 via Google Voice Email arbona alum mit edu Twitter AlJavieera For mail address and video chat email to arrange More academia CV PDF Archived Archived Select Month February 2013 September 2011 July 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 May 2010 April 2010 December 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 Search Archives Search for Updates RSS feed RSS Posts RSS Comments Email Subscription Enter your email to receive rather infrequent notifications of posts Join 2 066 other followers The fine print This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3 0 United States License est pr is a domain courtesy of nic pr AlJavieera RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 2 hours ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera Demilit Wars inside wars inside wars twitter com carolrosenberg 2 days ago RT AlJavieera The accusation is that The NY Times does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly

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  • art | Javier Arbona
    5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer art Dangers in the Air Aerosol Architecture and Invisible Landscapes It was a long and arduous process but a short post on this blog slowly grew and morphed with the expert supervision of editor John Knechtel into an article for Alphabet City Air which comes out this month Places Design Observer led by its stellar editor Nancy Levinson ran an excerpt of it today I m indebted to Nancy for making the shorter piece into a clear read but any errors or confusions are my very own The image to the left comes from In The Air by Nerea Calvillo and collaborators at the Medialab Prado discussed in the piece This project served as the trigger for thinking about particles as architectural materials Check it out on Design Observer and order your copy of Alphabet City a wonderful alternative publication Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2010 10 21 2010 10 22 by

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  • domesticity | Javier Arbona
    to establish cultural exchanges research and dialogs The colonial history of militarized landscapes in Puerto Rico under several empires pushes me to continue documenting a spatial knowledge of everyday forms of violence anyplace else I go Contact info Javier Arbona Voice and SMS 001 607 233 4615 via Google Voice Email arbona alum mit edu Twitter AlJavieera For mail address and video chat email to arrange More academia CV PDF Archived Archived Select Month February 2013 September 2011 July 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 May 2010 April 2010 December 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 Search Archives Search for Updates RSS feed RSS Posts RSS Comments Email Subscription Enter your email to receive rather infrequent notifications of posts Join 2 066 other followers The fine print This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3 0 United States License est pr is a domain courtesy of nic pr AlJavieera RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 2 hours ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera Demilit Wars inside wars inside wars twitter com carolrosenberg 2 days ago RT AlJavieera The accusation is that The NY Times does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your

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  • frame | Javier Arbona
    where I continue to establish cultural exchanges research and dialogs The colonial history of militarized landscapes in Puerto Rico under several empires pushes me to continue documenting a spatial knowledge of everyday forms of violence anyplace else I go Contact info Javier Arbona Voice and SMS 001 607 233 4615 via Google Voice Email arbona alum mit edu Twitter AlJavieera For mail address and video chat email to arrange More academia CV PDF Archived Archived Select Month February 2013 September 2011 July 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 May 2010 April 2010 December 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 Search Archives Search for Updates RSS feed RSS Posts RSS Comments Email Subscription Enter your email to receive rather infrequent notifications of posts Join 2 066 other followers The fine print This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3 0 United States License est pr is a domain courtesy of nic pr AlJavieera RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 2 hours ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera Demilit Wars inside wars inside wars twitter com carolrosenberg 2 days ago RT AlJavieera The accusation is that The NY Times does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27

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  • performance | Javier Arbona
    your email to receive rather infrequent notifications of posts Join 2 066 other followers The fine print This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3 0 United States License est pr is a domain courtesy of nic pr AlJavieera RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 2 hours ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera Demilit Wars inside wars inside wars twitter com carolrosenberg 2 days ago RT AlJavieera The accusation is that The NY Times does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What

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  • Fabricating the Digital Contemporary Moment: A Book Review | Javier Arbona
    of nature in a more permanent way such as are not all that complex in terms of mechanical building systems or program complexity These are some of the hanging questions that this otherwise luscious book has in store at least from my perspective I have a suspicion that there s something else beyond these surfaces and may also lead the reader to ask How did we get here Answering that question is beyond the scope of the Architecture Briefs series and also might go against the streamlining impetus but it shouldn t escape the mind of these designers or those who come after It s not just Semper s ghost that lurks around these projects but also the accumulated discussions of the past decade or two about for instance landscapes of intensities as Stan Allen called them the Deleuzian fold and the smooth and striated Bringing in these intellectual histories into the process might disrupt the clarity and directness of the work leading one to question wether the scalability of these works though maybe technically possible might even be objectionable on other bases It may very well be unavoidable to add some measure of political interference in the transmission line as these techniques get broadcast out of the screen and beyond the summer pavilions and gallery installations For many many years now and time to blog this will not suffice to ramble about it nor do you want me to discussions in architecture about meta concepts like the projective landscape the Deleuzian fold and Deleuze and Guattari s smooth and striated full disclosure I often partake in Iwamoto and Scott s academic panels at Berkeley and CCA respectively and know them professionally and socially However this narrative usually has us believe that the only obstacle faced by these practitioners is client reservedness and conservatism But is it The argumentation usually has us believing that the mechanical will save the day and that these constructional principles aided by technology are scalable In other words no extra man power affordability organisation But one of the paradoxes of computation as a social force is the scales of service that it tends to generate and architects often neglect this everything might be numerically controlled but quality control and the administration of the construction becomes more complex not less Which leads me to ask does it matter What if we embrace these projects for what they are If we embrace their qualities as drapes as skins as perhaps Semper could inspire us to we can forget about their desire to be total buildings Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques By Lisa Iwamoto 144 pages 175 color illustrations Princeton Architectural Press publication date 8 1 2009 Series Architecture Briefs Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here we have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components an exploration of the textile properties of materials and a recovery of skins as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series defined as basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach could should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction Nonetheless it gets harder and harder to purchase that claim when so much of the work featured operates in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with perhaps unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits That has been amazing to see But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively possible or economically feasible is still very questionable Although the book is divided into five chapters that separately focus on what is argued to be an overarching logic of making i e folding or tessellating what unifies these works is their surface property and their smoothness In short as an architectural thesis this outlook is about domesticating a project no matter what sort of programmatic thorniness into a strong clarity of unit aggregation Be they ribs bricks folds polygons or whathaveyou these projects promise to sweep you away with their unquestionable beauty and order It might sound like I m resisting that sweep but I must plead guilty to really liking it in some contexts and with certain caveats Time and again projects like Tom Wiscombe s Dragonfly or IwamotoScott s own InOut Curtain drive the point home maybe to a fault that any number of design considerations can be sieved through a software and amalgamated into a self supporting surface This loose cohort of architects and their disciples is taken by explorations of lattices cellular patterns and self similar repetition to name a few If this book is to serve practitioners and students as the publisher promises interested in these lines of investigation or perhaps in being seduced by them then the book clearly succeeds and does well in introducing some of the

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  • cam | Javier Arbona
    entirely different to end up with something that resembles the wing of a dragonfly or some Alice In Wonderland derived pattern It s yet another issue to take many of these projects into a more permanent programmed urban scale Are these projects actually about the directness of their constructability and a control of material economy the so called streamlining as seems to be insisted upon Actually if we take a glimpse at the work of small studios like Machinehistories outside the covers of this collection we start to note that not all has to be so peaceful and direct in the translation from file to material Besides can this total building agenda be recalibrated Need architects shy away from the legitimate decorative potential in this work bifurcated from the overall structural system of a building There is some kind of disconnect here between the promise and the delivery Most of the projects in the book remain in a gallery or school hall setting and the few that push against the harshness of nature in a more permanent way such as are not all that complex in terms of mechanical building systems or program complexity These are some of the hanging questions that this otherwise luscious book has in store at least from my perspective I have a suspicion that there s something else beyond these surfaces and may also lead the reader to ask How did we get here Answering that question is beyond the scope of the Architecture Briefs series and also might go against the streamlining impetus but it shouldn t escape the mind of these designers or those who come after It s not just Semper s ghost that lurks around these projects but also the accumulated discussions of the past decade or two about for instance landscapes of intensities as Stan Allen called them the Deleuzian fold and the smooth and striated Bringing in these intellectual histories into the process might disrupt the clarity and directness of the work leading one to question wether the scalability of these works though maybe technically possible might even be objectionable on other bases It may very well be unavoidable to add some measure of political interference in the transmission line as these techniques get broadcast out of the screen and beyond the summer pavilions and gallery installations For many many years now and time to blog this will not suffice to ramble about it nor do you want me to discussions in architecture about meta concepts like the projective landscape the Deleuzian fold and Deleuze and Guattari s smooth and striated full disclosure I often partake in Iwamoto and Scott s academic panels at Berkeley and CCA respectively and know them professionally and socially However this narrative usually has us believe that the only obstacle faced by these practitioners is client reservedness and conservatism But is it The argumentation usually has us believing that the mechanical will save the day and that these constructional principles aided by technology are scalable In other words no extra man power affordability organisation But one of the paradoxes of computation as a social force is the scales of service that it tends to generate and architects often neglect this everything might be numerically controlled but quality control and the administration of the construction becomes more complex not less Which leads me to ask does it matter What if we embrace these projects for what they are If we embrace their qualities as drapes as skins as perhaps Semper could inspire us to we can forget about their desire to be total buildings Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques By Lisa Iwamoto 144 pages 175 color illustrations Princeton Architectural Press publication date 8 1 2009 Series Architecture Briefs Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here we have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components an exploration of the textile properties of materials and a recovery of skins as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series defined as basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach could should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction Nonetheless it gets harder and harder to purchase that claim when so much of the work featured operates in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with perhaps unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits That has been amazing to see But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively possible or economically feasible is still very questionable Although the book is divided into five chapters that separately focus on what is argued to be an overarching logic of making i e folding or tessellating what unifies these works is their surface property and 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  • iwamoto | Javier Arbona
    end up with something that resembles the wing of a dragonfly or some Alice In Wonderland derived pattern It s yet another issue to take many of these projects into a more permanent programmed urban scale Are these projects actually about the directness of their constructability and a control of material economy the so called streamlining as seems to be insisted upon Actually if we take a glimpse at the work of small studios like Machinehistories outside the covers of this collection we start to note that not all has to be so peaceful and direct in the translation from file to material Besides can this total building agenda be recalibrated Need architects shy away from the legitimate decorative potential in this work bifurcated from the overall structural system of a building There is some kind of disconnect here between the promise and the delivery Most of the projects in the book remain in a gallery or school hall setting and the few that push against the harshness of nature in a more permanent way such as are not all that complex in terms of mechanical building systems or program complexity These are some of the hanging questions that this otherwise luscious book has in store at least from my perspective I have a suspicion that there s something else beyond these surfaces and may also lead the reader to ask How did we get here Answering that question is beyond the scope of the Architecture Briefs series and also might go against the streamlining impetus but it shouldn t escape the mind of these designers or those who come after It s not just Semper s ghost that lurks around these projects but also the accumulated discussions of the past decade or two about for instance landscapes of intensities as Stan Allen called them the Deleuzian fold and the smooth and striated Bringing in these intellectual histories into the process might disrupt the clarity and directness of the work leading one to question wether the scalability of these works though maybe technically possible might even be objectionable on other bases It may very well be unavoidable to add some measure of political interference in the transmission line as these techniques get broadcast out of the screen and beyond the summer pavilions and gallery installations For many many years now and time to blog this will not suffice to ramble about it nor do you want me to discussions in architecture about meta concepts like the projective landscape the Deleuzian fold and Deleuze and Guattari s smooth and striated full disclosure I often partake in Iwamoto and Scott s academic panels at Berkeley and CCA respectively and know them professionally and socially However this narrative usually has us believe that the only obstacle faced by these practitioners is client reservedness and conservatism But is it The argumentation usually has us believing that the mechanical will save the day and that these constructional principles aided by technology are scalable In other words no extra man power affordability organisation But one of the paradoxes of computation as a social force is the scales of service that it tends to generate and architects often neglect this everything might be numerically controlled but quality control and the administration of the construction becomes more complex not less Which leads me to ask does it matter What if we embrace these projects for what they are If we embrace their qualities as drapes as skins as perhaps Semper could inspire us to we can forget about their desire to be total buildings Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques By Lisa Iwamoto 144 pages 175 color illustrations Princeton Architectural Press publication date 8 1 2009 Series Architecture Briefs Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here we have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components an exploration of the textile properties of materials and a recovery of skins as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series defined as basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach could should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction Nonetheless it gets harder and harder to purchase that claim when so much of the work featured operates in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with perhaps unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits That has been amazing to see But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively possible or economically feasible is still very questionable Although the book is divided into five chapters that separately focus on what is argued to be an overarching logic of making i e folding or tessellating what unifies these works is their surface property and their smoothness In short as an architectural thesis this outlook is about

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