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DISRUPTIVEcontinuity | Solo Exhibition at the Creative Exchange Lab: Center for Architecture and Design, St Louis (2017)


34 m

112 ft

(Linear Wall)




Models, Model Stands, and Drawings

The exhibition foregrounds research regarding the intersection between academic/professional contexts where computation informs process & workflow. The title of the exhibition "Disruptive Continuity" is named after an exercise that Martin Summers has developed within his academic studios to teach students a flexible, rapid, iterative workflow that allows them to respond to complex problems in creative ways and to develop their own intuition. This process is a translation of  his own methodologies as a pedagogical model. Excerpt from: Martin Summers, Dossier for Tenure and Promotion, pg 302

"Layered into this agenda are advanced professional

workflows without the additional constraints one

would find in a typical project brief, like program, site, 

context, circulation, budget, etc. This separation from

day-to-day constraints of practice is a distinct advantage

provided by the academic context; however, it is used

subversively here to teach methodologies that are

necessary in professional practice. At its core, Disruptive

Continuity introduces a way of thinking that leverages

intuition and reason simultaneously in an adaptive and

flexible methodology to address the complex challenges 

architects face. This is delivered through an initial

framework of formal typology and Gestalt relationships. 

The combination of systems must be visually read and

evaluated for its coherency, formal legibility, formal

camouflage, intentional misdirection, local vs. global

decision making, and the discoveries made through

an intensive, iterative process. The resultant whole is

greater than the sum of its parts. It is evaluated at this

scale for its ability to appear coherent and logical while

expressing difference and conditions of simultaneity,

conditions that remain just beyond our ability to

categorize and reduce them to their constituent parts."

The work from an exceptional group of students is put into context with the professional work from PLUS-SUM Studio, intermixing the two as a curatorial opportunity to draw out distinctions and similarities. Within this mixed context, an observer can make their own assessment of the quality and effectiveness of the broader agenda, which also reflects Martin's attitude toward the project designs from PLUS-SUM Studio. An occupant doesn't necessarily have to understand all the ideas of the project, they simply must be intrigued enough by it to ask questions and discover their own answers as to why the design is the way it is. Their experience is as powerful as the intentions behind the work.





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