Project Description:

To “make” is a creative act, exploring and editing via loose and indeterminate control. It is a non-linear method that informs what is created and reflexively analyzed in situ. The resultant object is imbued with this non-linearity so the act of description is reductive, failing to capture a multitude of unique qualities. It is not predetermined nor can it be fully understood, existing outside the process of its own creation; there is always a gap.

 

The act of describing is also a creative enterprise, imposing control through spoken or written language. It can direct attention precisely, revealing particular features the author considers important while also open to moments of fantastic misdirection.  Words impart meaning without relation to the real object, its qualities, or the complexity of its formation. Space opens between the object and it’s making, between analysis and experience – stirring an uncanny sense of unknowable depth. To engage concepts of OOO within the discipline of architecture is to engage and heighten our awareness of the resultant object within its own terms. To simply separate parts or produce tension between form seems to be a simplistic understanding of these concepts. The gap seems to deny literal translation, asking instead for the architect to tease out conditions where qualities are revealed and then denied, hinted at but never achieved. 

It would seem that we should not try to name or define what constitutes this space, but instead focus our effort on increasing the likelihood of its emergence, enhancing its irreducibility, its illegibility while operating within the language of the discipline. OOO then becomes a lens through which to examine architectures potential and asks for a reconsideration of the result not for how it was made, but for what it is and its potential to allude to other realities.  If we are to take on this task, we must thicken the already present gaps by re-engaging the strange, the vague, the unknown and the unquantifiable as a valuable architectural quality.

 

Our submission seeks to occupy a space between legibility and that which is not. It operates through language across scales, micro-interactions are not controlled by the macro organization but together produce strange coherence that denies full resolution and celebrates its constituent parts. It was produced through rigorous specificity but somehow evades precision. It is ambiguous and yet there are moments of uncanny allusion, figures emerge and dissipate, questioning their very existence. The object presents itself in a myriad of ways, forming what appears to be solid only to obscure its representation.  It is at moments singular and at other moments a multitude.

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