Volume I: Intense-Immense Rooms

June 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Introduction

Lateral can refer to many things including peripheral field, overlooked surfaces and ‘edge programme’. It can also point to qualities which fall below the radar of a prevailing ‘scopic regime’. Our pursuit of non-retinal architecture goes beyond visual spectacle in order to develop a subtle yet powerful material language. The research of the studio involves a radical reinterpretation of the ‘public building’ in the widest sense. We are curious about, and would like to wrestle with, the theoretical and philosophical problem of how public buildings perform in light of the following statement by David Leatherbarrow from the University of Pennsylvania:

“When the building is freed from technological and aesthetic intentionalities, we discover its lateral connections… [Public] performance in architecture unfolds within a milieu that is not of the building’s making. A name for this milieu is topography, indicating neither the built nor the un-built world, but both. Three characteristics of topography sustain the building’s performativity: its wide extensity, its mosaic heterogeneity, and its capacity to disclose previously latent potentials. There is always more to [urban or non-urban] topography than what might be viewed at any given moment. Excess is implied in its ambience, for what constitutes the margins of perceptual concentration always exceeds the expectations of that focus.”

(Architecture’s Unscripted Performance)

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