Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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Flop House

Students: David Eskenazi
Studio Title: Hernan Diaz Alonso Vertical Fall 2012
Instructor: Hernan Diaz Alonso

“There is a black which is old and a black which is fresh. Lustrous black and dull black, black in sunlight and black in shadow.” –Ad Reinhardt

This house generates distinctions from character. The distinct elements of a house, its apertures, ground, and domestic arrangement, are untied from the character of its forms: elegant, fat, and graphic.

Each object is formalized by the character of its edges; the house of domestic living is rough and inflated while the house of extravagant living is elegant and loose. Although the character of the houses are different, they share the same edge qualities.

The objects’ mass is emphasized by the almost massless and deflated ground on which they sit. The ground is raw and fluid, and sits on top of the graphic garden. These distinct objects, fat houses, rocky ground, and graphic garden, utilize the edges of shapes and forms to create limits within the urban archipelago. Each object is separate and distinct while limiting the outward spread of its character.

Although the heavy object and light ground are distinct, their interior is continuous and singular.
The materiality of the objects suggests unification over diversity. Blackness spreads across all forms, allowing for graphic and geometric character to make distinct the difference of objects.

Subtle differences tear open the impression of vastness.

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SCI-Arc's ESTm post-graduate program is a rigorous, experimental post-professional degree platform focused on data-based and physical investigations into the rapidly evolving fields of digital design, innovative fabrication methodologies and new building systems.


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