Greg Lynn SUPRASTUDIO
LITERAL VERSUS PHENOMENAL MOTION:
Despite all the moving parts in any building; from doors and windows to elevators, architecture assumes that people and things move while buildings remain static. One of the ways people are provoked to move is by spatial inflection and formal gestures. This idea of buildings being imbued with dynamism is an old idea. When deciding what small percentage of a room moves the question of the relationship between the moving elements and the static elements must be conceived at the outset. A main focus of the year will be the relationship between literal motion and phenomenal motion.
We will explore reorientation and movement of spaces and rooms at a variety of scale. This year, the studio will work from the inside out; where the realignment, reconfiguration, reorientation, rotation, sliding, expansion and contraction of spaces is a focus rather than the spectacle of movement in a mass or façade.
In scale models, and later in design proposals, the studio will learn the principles of designing and fabricating composite structures as well as the structural paradigm of load path fiber construction and FEA analysis. This material sensibility is germane to the aerospace industry and will dovetail with the design and material sensibilities of Boeing.
We will begin the year with a 5 week formal and spatial study that is intended to define each individual’s interest in architectural motion. Each student will formulate an architectural concept of phenomenal and literal motion as well as become familiar with design techniques and a robotic method to work with this concept as a design medium.