Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program

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SHATTERED! (The Potential of Fracturing Architecture)

Students: Alberto Alfonso + Juan Benavides
Studio Title:   MOTION AND MONOLITHICITY ESTm Summer 2013
Instructor: Marcelo Spina + Andrew Atwood

While taking on the combination of the seemingly disparate notions of MONOLITHICITY and MOTION, the project purposefully creates (mis)perceptions and (mis)representations of solidity, joinery, texture and building typology.  Through the means of a series of operations at multiple levels, this project investigates the mystification of the dualistic correlation between inside and outside, addresses the issue of part to whole relationships and probes the tenet of stability in architecture.

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Y&Z Fuzzy Facets

Students: Carlos Navarro
Studio Title: “Fuzzy Wholes” Vertical Studio
Instructor: Marcelo Spina

Y&Z Fuzzy Facets engages the issue of defamiliarization. The mix used building complex, located on the site of the World Trade Center building in Downtown Los Angeles, utilizes the plinth of the old building as a socially, culturally and geometrically familiar object on top of which it sits and rises as a new whole object composed by high-rise towers that resist geometrical description.


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Students: Alejandro Alcala, Oscar DeLeon
Studio Title: ESTm Studio / Fall 2014
Instructor: Marcelo Spina

Create forms that are sliced by urbanistic moves found in the context. We found that the conceptual slicing wasn’t only a useful for form making but also influential in the juxtaposition of materiality


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Ethereal Forms

Students: Seyed Ehsan Ayatollah
Studio Title: ESTm Final Degree Studio / Summer 2014
Instructor: Marcelo Spina & Casey Rehm

Forms recognizable to human eyes are usually supported by the discernable presence of “physical mass,” usually relaying on material but also on contrast, shade and shadow. However, different types of energy flow in the world, invisible to human eyes, creating forms that are as filling of the surrounding space as they are invisible. Moreover, light, which is a form of energy, is only partially visible to the bare eyes; nevertheless, photons and light waves are constantly moving in space hence creating invisible forms.

Ethereal Forms (4)

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Coagulated Form – Brutal Beauty

Students: Seyed Ehsan Ayatollah
Studio Title: ESTm
Instructor: Marcelo Spina

Description: Moving a step beyond from what we now perceive as a process of cohesive formal homogenization in the last two decades, the studio aims to explore the formal and aesthetics possibilities of incongruity in architecture. Rather Than a naïve return to collage, which suggested a collision of multiple opposites to produce disjunction and fragmentation, the studio examined degrees of formal indeterminacy and visual inconsistency as productive means to generate a more genuine and unexpected whole.

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SCI-Arc's ESTm Master 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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