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401 ADVANCED TOPICS STUDIO
Compression
Led by Jeffrey Inaba

 
 
Compressing a standard-sized object can lead to interesting results. The process often doesn’t yield a perfectly scaled down replica of the original form. Many of the elements may be smaller in size to eliminate possibly excessive area. But not all of the elements are necessarily scaled down.
 
 
Some might keep their original dimensions. In the case of reducing the footprint of a house for example, several of elements will have to remain the original size in order to accommodate the basic dimensional requirements of humans inhabiting the interior. The general reduction in the size of elements and the exceptional maintenance of others at ‘full-scale’ can yield a distorted overall form that lacks the proportional coherence of the original model. 
 
 
The studio’s intention is to embrace the distortion that arises out of compressing or scaling down a functional object, and to take the abnormality of its form as the point of departure for design. The end goal is to produce controlled anomalies in which the form seamlessly integrates reduced and normative elements and establishes new relationships of proportion.  
 

 

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