Critic: Gabriel Esquivel
Texas A&M University. Vertical Studio. Spring 2009
INTRODUCTION Coherence. We are inspired by the new understanding of the way the simple components of nature perform in concert to produce complex behavior. The paradigm shift in our thinking has generated a desire to Blend the constituent components of an architectural project into a synthetic or coherent whole which seeks to produce synergetic effects. The theme of the Studio is TURBULENCE. In fluid dynamics or turbulent flow is a fluid regime characterized by chaotic, stochastic property changes. This includes low momentum diffusion, high momentum convection, and rapid variation of pressure and velocity in space and time.
Purpose The central aim of the studio was to continue the development of the student’s design sensibility and expertise. Specifically, studio participants have manipulated an urban site and perhaps the program could engage interesting organizational and atmospheric proposition. The idea was to look at iconographic objects in terms of cultural icons and performative industrial design objects. The final project had to evoke certain aspects about the research without being metaphorical or iconographic. The results should be diverse and discussed different aesthetic propositions.
The studio took a different approach and we began to investigate the idea of producing an emotional surface. This lead to the idea of investigating different effects and finally creating a series of atmospheric installations as the waiting gate atmospheres. The studio discourse wants to shift the formal critical architecture paradigm of thinking (indexical process) to feeling (affect).