RUMBLE STUDIO, Kivi Sotamaa
414 Major Building Design Studio
Kevin Daly, Lecturer; Mark Mack, Professor; Craig Hodgetts, Professor;
Kivi Sotamaa, Adjunct Associate Professor Course: Major Buidling Design Studio
In a bid to further consolidate the elements of its campus, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has engaged Peter Zumthor to prepare a master plan and to propose a new building.
Sameness, apparent similarity and difference will be examined across the studio as four instructors employ practically identical programs on nearly identical sites to explore differences in form, surface, structure and ADA compliance. Distinctions between sameness and difference are essential to principles of classification, creating orders of things, whether we are considering types of insects or building types. Each studio in 414 will employ a program similar in size and related in type, allowing for research into the fundamental requirements of the program to provide opportunity to examine differences that arise in the development of the projects over the quarter.
The studio used the LACMA campus as the site, including the parking area associated with the Paige Museum and the lot recently acquired by LACMA across Wilshire. Many of the existing museum buildings are being reconsidered as part of a master plan being developed by Peter Zumthor. In response, a range of programs will be considered across the studio, with each critic providing a narrative to differentiate a normative program.
Arts of Mars
Kivi Sotamaa, Adjunct Associate Professor
Course: 414.4 Major Building Design Studio
"Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water." Bruce Lee
Martial arts fights create situations where two bodies are joined by shared dynamics of the fight. The studio explored the idea of re-originating these dynamics into architecture with the hope of discovering new insights into the creation of coherent wholes out of otherwise disparate and discreet parts. The studio aimed at creating buildings as urban, dynamic and flexible constellation of misfit forms, spaces, and systems, rather than enclosed, hierarchically organized, static and ‘harmonious’ entities. The building systems were choreographed to flow with each other, and against each other, in order to create dynamic, and sometimes dissonant constellations. The designs explored and developed strategies for dynamically organizing systems of massing, structure, aperture and panelization across the building. The design methodology was based on dynamically deformed, mathematically defined geometries, which were originally misfit, and then during the design process negotiated and refined in terms of their relationship, using the phenomenal movement of a fight as an organizing force, and the practicalities of building as disciplining constraint.
Students: Casey Amberger, Derek Buell, Michael Duran, Huwayda Fakhry, Raman Mustafa, Peter Nguyen, Tas Oszkay, Jaegeun Ryu, and Nicholas Solakian