Gwangju Biennale: Urban Folly

Posted on August 31st, 2011 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: construction, Installations + Exhibitions

Following up on our previous Gwangju post, here are some photos post-construction. Learn more about the Biennale from this article in the New York Times.

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Jellyfish Ensemble

Posted on August 16th, 2011 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: Things We Like

From the Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis Fashion Show for Spring/Summer 2010. See more of this from Savage Beauty and Alexander McQueen at the Met here. Read more about the exhibit in the New York Times here.


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NADAAA Gwangju Installation

Posted on August 15th, 2011 by Lisa LaCharité

Posted under: construction, Installations + Exhibitions

The NADAAA Gwangju installation site is characterized by a road crossing with a diverse set of scales and building types that anchor each corner, a site in transition. Its width does not display the possibility of an intervention of any scale or gravitas. Its ground is strewn with infrastructure: electrical posts, sewer connections, street lights, and other technical paraphernalia that refute the possibility of inhabiting or redefining the ground. In turn, the street edge is defined by a row of trees, delicately placed within the remaining spaces such that their roots may find some traction as they navigate the corner. Our proposal, then is lodged in that interstitial space, between the ground and the sky, enmeshed in the natural space of the trees. Making use of a method of reverse casting, the form of the pavilion is defined by geometrically precise formwork that is then filled by randomly intersecting steel rods which transition from the linearity of a column to the more horizontal geometry of the floating mass above. Inhabiting this corner, the installation is chameleonic; encrytped within the logic of the branches, a seemingly animated structure floats overhead, peeking around the corners giving body to the space that was once occupied by the city wall.

These images are from the initial phase of construction. More images and updates to follow.

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