Faces Of Maribor Studio Leaders: Hadrian Predock, John Frane School or Institution: University of California, LA Architecture and Urban Design Country: United States of America Website: www.predockfrane.com 1. Studio Leader Biography Predock Frane Architects was established by Hadrian Predock and John Frane in the year 2000 as a collaborative research and development design studio. The work of their practice ranges from small scale installations to infrastructure and large public venues. Seeking to open new territories for locality and specificity, their research driven projects seek to extract and transfer extra-disciplinary logics into architectural terrain, while encouraging site and context to become active and vital agents in shaping material and spatial development. Predock Frane accolades include the 2004 Venice Biennale, Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Architectural League Emerging Voices, multiple AIA Honour Awards, and were recently nominated as a 2011 Marcus Prize candidate. They have taken part in many exhibitions, their work is published internationally, and they have lectured widely.
2. School Changing global realities are causing paradigm shifts that redefine the interaction between culture, politics, economics, and the environment. These changes constantly alter the boundaries between disciplines, creating new perimeters of knowledge that will define the conditions of future inquiries into architecture and urban design. At UCLA, we are deeply immersed in a research environment that anticipates change and can move from the realm of ideas to their application, from present situations to emerging new realities. 3. Project Intention European cities that escaped the destructive “urban renewal” of WWII bombings tend to preciously maintain historicist urban fabric that extends backwards in time. This fabric, often through the maintenance of surfaces (facades) is based primarily within a system of semiotics and imageability that represents a stable architectural identity, hence promoting an architecture and urbanism of the museological. Such cities that are able to escape an essential preservationist/ museological position, typically have a binary relationship to contemporary architecture. Whether it is new object juxtaposed to preserved fabric; internal liners within preserved fabric; or additions
to preserved fabric; rarely does the actual tissue of the “preserved body” become the active agent in a contemporary architectural discourse. Further, the tendency toward semiotics and the surface as signifier reinforces the outer most layer of facades, roofs, walks and streets, while structure and embedded information is suppressed. This project, The Faces of Maribor, seeks out agency from within the constituent surfaces and embedded layers of the public facades of Maribor where both the generalizing European fabric of facades and the specific/ localizing tendencies of these surfaces remains loaded with a potential to unleash the forces inherent in contemporary architectural discourse (animate forces, media, affect, cultural production, etc). Stable/archival architecture risks becoming irrelevant to culture. Through the direct intervention within the archival surface, a new relevance to culture and cultural production may be realized over the next hundred years.
Team Members Chloe Lob Yeung ho Man Benson Chien THE FACES OF MARIBOR The objective of our research and design effort is to formulate visionary proposals for the Slovenian city of Maribor that focus on the manipulation and projective potential of existing urban facades that line public squares. Acknowledging that the nature of the European public façade has always been mutable and subject to shifting cultural forces, our project proposes that this natural and flexible process continues to operate in relation to relevant cultural and technological conditions instead of being subject to a doctrinaire preservationist model. Projected Start: 2012 Projected End: 2112 Category: Technology
2112Ai [Architectural intelligence]