Archive for February, 2011


February 18, 2011

Generalities lead to differentiation, which then lead to a new generality, and thus a new differentiation emerges. this cycle always approaches equilibrium, but never reaches it. it is like how mutations become advantageous, and evolution relies on a constant adaptation of the novel.
(similar to co-development and autonomy. with global capital, market, workforce, we have grown together. now is time to recognize the new autonomy. differences.)

differentiation <-> generality

interdependence <-> autonomy

integration <-> segregation

liberty <-> control

indeterminacy is needed to allow for the infinite. the possibility to evolve is protection from entropy.


an entity, although are parts coming together, is still made up of its parts
it is layered. networked. horizontal. democratic. free. open ended.


Horizontality on multiple levels:

‘infrastructure’, a skeletal metal ‘space-frame grid’ of several levels, on which mobile lightweight ‘space-defining elements’ would be placed

Yona Friedman – Utopies Réalisables: Pictures of the models (part two).

Applying this network of tectonics:
Space Frame
Giant Scaffold

…an argument for algorithmic architecture:
geometric system that can solve complexities
can modulate (locally)
can remain adaptive

interdependent and interconnected while indeterminate and open ended

enter title here

February 18, 2011

This model is a conceptual diagram of my spatial analysis. It is deep, it is fluid, it is architectonic. It is best conveyed in a formal suggestion to keep the open intendedness of the space. this leaves it free for collaboration and also speaks to more undetermined space, hence having a factor of novelty seeking associated with it. The indeterminacy is important for the idea of collaboration, which is loosely programmed space to allow for innovation.

It is based on spheres of influence. the border is a third space. it is not one or the other. it forms its own entity driven by and based on its connections and its own boundaries, but those boundaries aren’t clear, and they aren’t a form themselves, but a connected network of domains, encompassing aspects from every direction. it is not linear. it is not just above or below, it is not central, it is not continuous, but projected…

The acrylic also shows the blur between the two. it is not obvious and not clear but obscured yet still transparent.

This model also focuses on the negative space. This is the space that is currently neglected, or unrecognized, but also filled with possibility. It asks for multiple interpretations, it asks for you to fill in the blanks…

Liminal: occupying at or on both sides of a boundary or threshold

February 18, 2011

This thesis is a perspective on borders as collaborative space. It aims to consider a design language that allows for transboundary exploration. It requires a reinterpretation of border territories from limitative frontiers to collective transitional environments. In doing so, the project shall propose a new typology for border crossings. The project uses the US/Mexico border, focusing at San Ysidro, to develop an autonomous structure addressing this experience of liminality. Instead of conceiving the border line as a singular divider, it is to focus on recognizing and distinguishing the thickness of the border zone.

This is architecture of no-man’s land. no-where zone. a DMZ. It is also a dual nation policy.

But it is a place where people meet. The most secure place ever. An architecture of resistance.

But it is EXPERIENTIAL not just spatial. It is about relationships and narratives. It has qualities of PLACE.

The spatial narrative must be dense and wealthy. It must recognize the richness of the liminal zone. Although an architecture of resistance, it is not a narrative of depletion.

It is a range of depth and surfaces. Multidimensional.



third utopia: liminal zone of experimentation: free dialogue and open interaction

February 18, 2011

The DMZ project was made for an exhibition organized by Kyong Park at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, with the intention of addressing the political division of the Korean peninsula, its military as well as social consequences. The project I devised, in an abbreviated period of intense work, extended my ideas of a ‘second nature,’ a terra nova, that engages the human and the natural in ways that are primarily spatial. The ultimate aim was to maintain the distinct characteristics of each, without sentimentalizing either, and to foster a ‘third,’ which is a new, ecological utopia. My idea of utopia, or, an ideal state of conditions for humans, is not based on a harmonious melding of conflicting conditions, but rather on the free ‘dialogue,’ or open interaction between them. The utopian condition is one of conflict, achieving a dynamic balance of opposing ideas, actions, forces, through continuous struggle to assert differences of every kind This idea is based on the belief that the ultimate state of harmony is death. For living things and systems, harmony means the resolution of conflicts and the achievement of a final, ‘peaceful,’ state.


Lebbeus Woods’ interest in what he calls the ‘borderline.’ However, instead of conceiving of this concept as an interjacent dividing line, separating distinct areas of mutually exclusive interests, Woods’ borderline acts more like a liminal blending zone of experimentation, where the uncertainties of unpredictability are afforded the opportunity to be realized, modulated and implemented.

via thesislab / Lily Good Summer Manual.

Architecture of Resistance

February 18, 2011

It seems to me that if architects really want to resist, then neither the idea nor the rhetoric of resistance has a place in it. These architects must take the initiative, beginning from a point of origin that precedes anything to be resisted, one deep within an idea of architecture itself. They can never think of themselves as resisters, or join resistance movements, or preach resistance. Rather (and this is the hard part of resistance) they must create an independent idea of both architecture and the world. It is not something that can be improvised at the barricades. It takes time and a lot of trial and error. This is only just, because the things to be resisted have not come from nowhere. They have a history built over periods of time, a kind of seriousness and weight that makes them a threat to begin with. They can only be resisted by ideas and actions of equivalent substance and momentum.


Labyrinth Wall for Bosnia


Residual City

February 12, 2011

Jugaad Urbanism: More Than Just Making Do « A/N Blog.

The residual remains in absence of causative agents. It is an unplanned byproduct. It is left over, a remnant, a remainder, residue. By definition, it is separated from its generative. Thus it is undefined, unidentified, lost. The residual city is one that is formed in reliance. It originates as a result of processes belonging to another. What then describes the residual city are its instances of generation. It is characterized by its elements.

Within the practices of today’s world, the residual city is on the rise. It arises in effect of urban, economic, technological, political, and social expansion. Expansion is occurring on every level: the rise in population, the increasing workforce, the amalgamation of urbanisms, the accumulation of possessions, the overarching control of the markets. This constant production and growth is inefficient and unsustainable. The effects are the residual.

Most notably, the residual city is the product of expansion of economies. Our construct of endless growth has consumption driving our economies but also resulting in the production of immense waste. Our economic system values immediate gains over large-scale efficiency. It is focused on small parts rather than the value of those small parts. This is to ensure the cyclical consumption we are now a part of. This is in opposition to the true logic of economizing, which is to make the best use of resources and avoiding waste. Instead, we have a society imminent of eminent leftovers. Residual is a product of our obsession with economic growth. We are obsessed with waste.

Urbanisms are products of society. Our cities are taking the form of all of our other products, as profligate. The residual city is careless. It is the rejection of efficiency.

It is from compounding: compounding economies, socialities, policies. It requires interaction. It relies on exchange. It needs contrast and the mixture of that contrastive. It is produced through movement. It stems from transfer of capital, labor, knowledge. It is complex. Its complexities make it opportunistic. With its convolution, it requires constant problem solving. It drives innovation. Everything of it is useful, but useful for something other than its originating use. Everything of it has multiple functions.

Tijuana is the residual city. Its existence is only a resultant of its pairing with the neighboring U.S. economy. It has grown in effect of its available transfer of elements across the border. It has responded to the American fiction of infinite growth. Being the third world adjacent to the first, it is a fierce contrastive. It is made up of waste. It is the center for residue of the American economy. Yet, its possibility of economic and physical expansion is much more significant than its San Diegan counterpart. It uses everything and consumes nothing. It reuses all of its parts. It recycles itself.


February 7, 2011

just a side note…

on the production of a third… third nation. third culture.
what to do with a collision of ideas, a transfer of knowledge, (and of the workforce)

About Edge Foundation, Inc..

Why collaboration?

February 6, 2011

transfer of knowledge=

interaction of ideas=

new relationships=

increasing linkages=

breeds trans- fields=

complicates patterns=

needs problem solving=

drives innovation=

produces progression

Critical Architecture

February 5, 2011

reflection of a conflict

highlights a confrontation


Utopias are totalizing, democratizing


reflection on New Babylon:
freedom from attachment
no ownership, no property, no patriotism, nomadic
no destination…
…in the moment
= autonomy?

=/ hierarchy = formlessness?


February 5, 2011

For Environmental Science we have to think about systems integration into our project. With thesis, this is taking a little more of a theoretical approach…

Deep Space/ Layered Techtonics

Geothermal as Deep (with ground source Patterns)/
Piezoelectric as Layered feedback systems/
Built-up Air Handler as Deep/
VAV on each floor as Layered delivery systems/
Displacement Ventilation as Layered transfer systems/