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MANUFACTURING ARCHITECTURE: THE FACTORY SPECTACLE    2018 PRIX DE ROME IN ARCHITECTURE FOR EMERGING PRACTITIONERS SUBMISSION

MANUFACTURING ARCHITECTURE: THE FACTORY SPECTACLE

2018 PRIX DE ROME IN ARCHITECTURE FOR EMERGING PRACTITIONERS SUBMISSION

Although we have seen dramatic improvements in the production efficiency, product diversity, and pollution control within manufacturing industries over the last 100 years, the functional separation of uses demanded by modern planning has slowly pushed the industrial factory out of the city. No longer fronted with the indispensable, educational, and often grotesque mechanics of a city, we have become disassociated from the things we eat, drive, and wear…

COLLAGE: AESTHETIC MORPHOLOGY OF THE AVANTE-GARDE ART FORM

COLLAGE: AESTHETIC MORPHOLOGY OF THE AVANTE-GARDE ART FORM

Since its inception, collage has always been the media of choice for the avant-garde. This is because, in part, collage belonged to a movement which challenged the aesthetic regime that dominated the last four and a half centuries. “For the first time in 450 years, the Renaissance approach to representation - privileging visual experience - was rejected.”1 Not only did collage cater to a less than noble crowd, it advocated for exploration within the design process equally, if not more, than the quality of the finished product. Collage’s accessibility was also reinforced by an interest in representing ordinary objects in a new light. For the first time cooking vessels, musical instruments, and canned goods were visually deconstructed, thrown into the spotlight, and made interesting by the way they were depicted with various materials.2 Over its one-hundred-year history, collage has been adopted by various design disciplines which have maintained its innovative reputation by, when necessary, softening and radicalizing its aesthetics for specific agendas. With the rise of digital culture over the last fifty years, collage has grappled with its existence as a traditionally analog art form in an ever-growing digital world. With an architectural bias, this essay attempts to recognize the aesthetic morphology in which collage has evolved over the last one hundred years while noting its past and future importance within the architectural discipline.

SYMMETRY, STYLE, AND IMPERCEPTIBLE SPACE:  A FORMAL ANALYSIS OF THE HOUSE IN WES ANDERSON'S  MOONRISE KINGDOM

SYMMETRY, STYLE, AND IMPERCEPTIBLE SPACE: A FORMAL ANALYSIS OF THE HOUSE IN WES ANDERSON'S MOONRISE KINGDOM

The set of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is riddled with discrepancy and fallacy which are carefully disguised to the viewer through a magical play on symmetry and style. Through a spatial analysis of the interior and exterior sets this narrative will uncover some of the hidden spatial and visual tricks which Anderson has used to achieve such a seamless composition. To start, imperceptible interior space is disguised through a linear method of filming. In several of the opening sequences the camera pans from one end of the set to the other while maintaining a fixed field of view, allowing the viewer to experience the set as if it were a moving diorama. As walls move closer, the level of detail becomes more clear, and as walls move back the space opens up to become a stage for characters to interact with one another. In every shot the desired atmosphere is clarified through the precise placement of nostalgic trinkets and whimsical artifact. Similar to a magician’s...

THE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURES OF AN OBSOLETE STEEL INDUSTRY:  RESEARCH FOR  REFORGING STELCO

THE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURES OF AN OBSOLETE STEEL INDUSTRY: RESEARCH FOR REFORGING STELCO

One of the cities which is demonstrates the ef ects of the declining blue-collar workforce is Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton, like many surviving industrial cities, still relies heavily upon the industry from which it was conceived. Even fourteen years ago, the Hamilton Metropolitan Area (which includes Burlinton and Grimsby) employed 22% of its workforce in manufacturing, which dropped to 12% in 2013, ten short years later - a def cit of almost 45%. Hamilton’s most prized industry, (and a sector deeply intertwined within the city’s culture) is steel manufacturing. More specifcally, Stelco Steel Canada, a company which has been integral to the vitality of Hamilton for over 100 years, presents us with a particularly rich narrative surrounding the booms and busts within the industrial economy since the rise of globalization…

THE FANTASIES & FALLACIES OF UNIVERSAL (DIGITAL) KNOWLEDGE

THE FANTASIES & FALLACIES OF UNIVERSAL (DIGITAL) KNOWLEDGE

There is, in our contemporary lives, a growing fantasy in which all the world’s knowledge is contained within a single, uniform platform with complete accessibility. This notion of infinite and completely accessible knowledge dates back much further than the birth of the computer or that of the internet. The Enlightenment’s architect, Étienne-Louis Boullée proposed several of these ideas in his Deuxieme projet pour la Bibliothèque du Roi in 1785. During the Enlightenment the perceived abundance of new knowledge, manifested above all in the encyclopaedic efforts of Diderot and d’Alembert, inspired Boullée to propose a state-run library making all of its contents open to the public... In Boullée’s proposal a massive skylight is placed where the two vaults would, in realty, meet. The skylight runs the entire length of the library to provide natural daylight throughout the space dedicated to the public. This wondrous structural suggestion is similarly fantastical to...