POSSIBLE MEDIUMS 7-10 FEBRUARY 2013 COLUMBUS, OHIO
CONFERENCE CHAIRS KELLY BAIR University of Illinois-Chicago, School of Architecture
KRISTY BALLIET The Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture
ADAM FURE University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Kentucky, College of Design
POSSIBLE MEDIUMS The Possible Mediums conference is composed of a series of workshops and panel discussions revolving around four â€œpossible mediums.â€? Challenging the boundaries of architectural convention, the invited workshop leaders employ exploratory processes rooted in mediums external to the discipline (such as film or comics) or developed from atypical applications of more conventional mediums (such as drawings or models). The technical sophistication and inventive applications of their work reflect two major developments within speculative architecture of the past decade: a broad diffusion of technological expertise and a shift from critical to projective theory. Preserving commitment to expertise and imagination, Possible Mediums places this group of designers in productive dialog, unpacking their collective foundations and futures.
EVENT LOCATION The Possible Mediums Conference will be held at The Ohio State University within the Knowlton School of Architecture in Columbus, Ohio. The conference introduction and opening remarks will take place in Room 250. Design workshops will take place throughout the main space. Panel discussions will take place on the stairs within the main space. The concluding discussion will also take place in Room 250.
EVENT SCHEDULE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
6:00 pm 6:10 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm
Conference Welcome from Kristy Balliet Conference Introduction from Adam Fure Opening Remarks from Jeffrey Kipnis Workshops Begin
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
9:00 am Workshop Working Sessions Continue 12:00 pm Figural Projections Panel Discussion Moderated by Kelly Bair 1:00 pm Workshop Working Session 5:00 pm Excessive Volumes Panel Discussion Moderated by Kristy Balliet 6:00 pm Workshop Working Session
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
9:00 am Workshop Working Sessions Continue 12:00 pm Active Models Panel Discussion Moderated by Kyle Miller 1:00 pm Workshop Working Session 5:00 pm Tactile Objects Panel Discussion Moderated by Adam Fure 6:00 pm Workshop Working Session
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
9:00 am Workshop Conclusion & Presentation/Exhibition Preparation 11:00 am Workshop Exhibition 12:00 pm Closing Remarks and Panel Discussion with John McMorrough 2:00 pm Conference Concludes
GUEST SPEAKERS JEFFREY KIPNIS The Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture Jeffrey Kipnis is an American critic, urban designer, film-maker, theorist, curator, and Professor of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Kipnis taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London from 1992-1995, where he ran the Graduate Design Program. In 2006 and 2007 he is a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. As a critic he has written for many different periodicals, such as Assemblage and El Croquis. As a designer Kipnis collaborated with architects Reiser and Umemoto in designing the Water Garden in Columbus, Ohio and the Kansai-Kan National Diet Library. In 1981 Kipnis earned a Masters degree in physics from Georgia State University. In 2006 Kipnis was awarded an honorary Diploma by the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, in recognition of his contributions as a teacher, critic and theorist, to the discipline of architecture. Kipnis first came to prominence through his collaborations with avant-gardist theorist and architect Peter Eisenman, and their joint collaboration with French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
JOHN MCMORROUGH University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning John McMorrough is a principal architect in the firm studioAPT and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas, a Master of Architecture (with distinction) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University, where his doctoral research was on the pre-history of post-modernism. His current writings on the problematics of contemporary design include treatments of supergraphics, pedestrian malls, and the apocalypse. As an architect John has worked for design offices in Kansas City, New York, Boston and Rotterdam, and has taught theory and design at the Yale School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ohio State University, and the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.
WORKSHOP GROUPS FIGURAL PROJECTIONS with Kelly Bair
Angela Co, University of Kentucky, Studio-Co Thomas Kelley, University of Illinois at Chicago, NormanKelley Jimenez Lai, University of Illinois at Chicago, BUREAU SPECTACULAR
EXCESSIVE VOLUMES with Kristy Balliet
Brennan Buck, Yale University, FreelandBuck Justin Diles, The Ohio State University David Freeland, Southern California Institute of Architecture, FreelandBuck Michael Young, Cooper Union, Young & Ayata
ACTIVE MODELS with Kyle Miller
Andrew Atwood, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Atwood-A Mariana Iba単ez, Harvard University, IK Studio Jason Kelly Johnson, California College of the Arts, Future Cities Lab Simon Kim, University of Pennsylvania, IK Studio
TACTILE OBJECTS with Adam Fure
Ellie Abrons, University of Michigan Andrew Holder, University of Michigan, The LADG Michael Loverich, Bittertang
FIGURAL PROJECTIONS Curated By: Kelly Bair
FIGURAL PROJECTIONS frames a group of designers engaged in the study of architectural legibility related to figural form and shape. Subverting (often subtly) the conventions of projective geometry, these designers employ narrative, optical deception, and ambiguously precise massing to craft imaginative worlds.
Kelly Bair is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicagoâ€™s School of Architecture and principal of Central Standard Office of Design. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and Indianapolis. She is the recipient of numerous awards including First Place in the Luvo International Design Competition, Finalist in the Sukkah Arbor Competition, Finalist in the Moonfish Building Competition in Manchester England, and was the recipient of the Maxine Frankel Award for Research. Kelly has worked for the offices of Gnuform, Belzberg Architects, and Greg Lynn FORM.
WORKSHOP LEADERS Angela Co is an architectural designer and an educator. She is the principal of Studio Co, a design practice concerned with the pursuit of ideas and their consequences. Her research has been supported the Arnold W. Brunner Rome Prize in Architecture, the MacDowell Colony, and the Eyebeam Institute of Art + Technology. Outside of Studio Co, she has worked in the offices of Bernard Tschumi and Asymptote Architecture. Co holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University’s GSAPP and dual Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. Thomas Kelley grew up in Canberra, Berlin, Warsaw, Tegucigalpa, Oxford, Lima, and Washington D.C. Previously, Thomas worked in Charlottesville, Virginia for Future-Cities-Lab and São Paulo, Brazil for Brasil Arquitetura Studio. Since then he has worked for Asymptote Architecture in New York and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago. His work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and São Paulo. Thomas is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the 2012- 2013 Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo. He operates a design collaborative with Carrie Norman based out of Chicago and New York City under the pseudonym Norman Kelley. Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. Previously, Jimenez Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. In 2012, Lai became a winner of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects. His installation, White Elephant, has recently been collected by the Museum of Modern Art.
FIGURAL PROJECTIONS Curated By: Kelly Bair
Floats, Angela Co
Newt Balloons, Thomas Kelley
Cabinets of Curious Characters, Jimenez Lai
DESIGN WORKSHOPS ENDGAME with Angela Co. End-game transformations can alienate everyday objects, our relationships to them, and our understandings of their capacities and limitations. Under this rubric, the object of architecture is ambiguous, and while possessing specific characteristics and qualities, has open-ended applications and implied rather than expected utility. This workshop will investigate “topotypes”: architectural fragments and spatial hybrids outside of familiar typologies, which straddle a locally-specific context (topo) and an abstract organizational type. We will think about canon, hybrids and mutants, and special powers. We will construct a rotating roster of non-ideal types using machine tools (the shop) and idea tools (games). We will be build models and make drawings.
EYE-CON: OR HOW I LEARNED TO DRAW EXACTLY WRONG with Thomas Kelley. The aim of the workshop is to reexamine visual deception through architectural drawing. From the 18th-century developed surface drawings of Thomas Lightoler up through the Atariesque misprojections of Holland’s Speedism, the capacity to baffle reality through drawing has led to innovative strategies in how we experience architecture. Though often denigrated as a stylistic trope, or worse a gimmick, ‘eye-con’ drawing requires a sophisticated skill set. And although the effects of the workshop may not always be immediate, or legible for that matter, they will introduce the participants to an ensemble of misappropriated drawing conventions and illusory devices. By mining a set of analog and parametric techniques that include Droste effects, false shadow projections, incorrect line weights, and reversible figuration, the workshop offers a history and skill set that preys on the inattentive observer. With that in mind, the participants will produce drawings that read ‘I know something you don’t know.’ AMBIGUOUSLY MISSHAPEN with Jimenez Lai. This workshop will explore the relationship between Ambiguities vs. Exactness in cartoonish figurations of mass. Revisiting the Duck vs Shed question imposed by Venturi/Scott-Brown, the study of iconography is a ongoing study about the legibility of mass that many contemporary practitioners still explore. For example, Seattle Public Library is a mass that has enough parts to be read/misread. There is also not an exact prescription a correct way to read it as an icon. In the instance of Hejduk’s characters, the non-exactness evokes multiplereadings from his audience. Venturi/Scott-Brown, on the other hand, was engaging an inside-outside relationship that uses the readability of the mass. This workshop will be using pareidolia as a basis for the control of readability. Using the 4 grids, 9 grids and three-part figures, this workshop will create a series of massing studies to explore this thought.
EXCESSIVE VOLUMES Curated By: Kristy Balliet
EXCESSIVE VOLUMES features designers who orchestrate depth and calibrate spatial intervals with sharp expertise. They have surpassed an internal discourse of generative computing in favor of a broader focus on the tectonic, optical and atmospheric effects generated by volumetric modeling.
Kristy Balliet is an assistant professor at The Ohio State Universityâ€™s Knowlton School of Architecture and the curator of the Banvard Gallery. From 2006-2011, Balliet was an assistant professor at The University of Applied Arts, Vienna in Studio Greg Lynn. In Vienna, she was the co-creater of the IoA Sliver lecture/gallery series and published the Visual Catalog: Greg Lynnâ€™s studio. She is a graduate of Philadelphia University and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design and has practiced architecture in Philadelphia at Erdy McHenry Architecture. Kristy is currently editing the forthcoming publication Massive Attack, IoA Sliver Lecture Series-Selected Friends and Enemies.
WORKSHOP LEADERS Brennan Buck is a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture. From 2004-2008 he was assistant professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna teaching in Studio Greg Lynn. He has practiced both landscape architecture and architecture, having worked for Neil M. Denari Architects and Johnston Marklee & Associates in Los Angeles. Justin Diles is the Howard E. LeFevre â€™29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the KSA for the 2012-13 academic year. His research centers on the architectural implications of complex structural behavior, particularly failure through vibration and buckling. He previously taught at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the studio of Greg Lynn. He has led workshops on contemporary design techniques, most recently at the 2011 Smart Geometry Workshop, and is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in the post-professional program. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. David Freeland is design faculty at Southern California Institute of Architecture. From 2008-2012 he taught at Woodbury University where he was instrumental in establishing the FabLab. Prior to FreelandBuck David worked with offices such as Michael Maltzan Architecture and Peter Eisenman Architects in Los Angeles and New York. Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Their practice is focused on both speculative research and architectural proposals. He is a registered architect in the State of New York. Michael currently teaches studios and seminars at The Cooper Union, Yale University, and Princeton University. His drawings have been exhibited recently in New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and in Lexington, Kentucky and are featured as part of the Drawing Centerâ€™s Viewing Program in New York. In addition to practice and teaching, Michael is invested in writing and research in relation to the confluence of geometry, representation, and aesthetics.
EXCESSIVE VOLUMES Curated By: Kristy Balliet
Slipstream, Freeland Buck
Eigen #1, Justin Diles
Condenser, Michael Young
DESIGN WORKSHOPS FLIGHT PATTERNS with Brennan Buck and David Freeland. Since the advent of Modernism architects have looked to science, art, and nature for models of complexity that can invigorate the discipline with new ideas and forms. Recent developments in computational and fabrication technologies equip architects to manage and invent complexity in new ways; to develop subtly differentiated structures, networks, and organizations that offer answers to architectural questions that have not yet been formed. The Flight Patterns workshop will study how spatial and perceptual variability enabled by computation can be applied to the development of space frame kites. Developed at the turn of the century by Alexander Graham Bell, these tetrahedral flying machines used repetitive spatial geometries and ultra light materials to create lift through volume. The workshop will investigate these space frames as potential architectural structures, trading their modularity for subtle modulation to invite new airborne behavior and field based effects. LESSON OF ROME REVISITED: UNFORESEEN ORDONNANCE with Justin Diles. Cylinder, Pyramid, Cube, Stele, Sphere: Le Corbusier’s Lesson of Rome from “Toward an Architecture”, stripped Roman design of classical detail to reveal a catalog of stark volumes. Nearly a century later, elemental forms are still conspicuous in contemporary architectural language, albeit in aggregated or intricate arrangements. Stan Allen’s Maribor Art Gallery, Aranda Lasch’s PS1Grotto, and MOS’ Element House are but a few examples of a recent prismatic turn. But how well do we really know fundamental forms? Are there overlooked multiplicities and excessively volumetric developments lurking even in a simple cube? The Lesson of Rome Revisited workshop will answer this question using design techniques combining finite element analysis with advanced animation and rendering. Participants will use Grasshopper with the FEA plug-in Karamba and Maya to elicit startling, unforeseen volumetric scenarios from the geometric substrate of deceptively simple elements. DEPTH & THE OPTICAL VECTOR with Michael Young. Technically, this workshop session will deal with the differential geometry that computationally represents surfaces in a digital model. These vectors normal to a surface and tangent to a curve are the basic elements that define this space. Gaining a clearer conceptual understanding of a differential vector space is a key aspect of designing through a computational mediation. The projects will use Rhino and Grasshopper as platforms. Aesthetically, we will use painting and bas-relief sculpture as leaping off points for experimentation. The discursive focus will be on the history of techniques that privilege the non-geometric aspects of spatial desires, the suggestions of depth often characterized as painterly. These explorations of depth are qualitative, implying movement and duration, across as well as into the plane, created through shifts in color, texture, density, and intensity of stroke. Developing a sensibility through computational mediations must include the subtle sensory responses of aesthetic exploration.
ACTIVE MODELS Curated By: Kyle Miller
ACTIVE MODELS connects a group of designers that employ interactive technologies to link digital and physical environments. Their work utilizes embedded computation, continuous measurement, and kinetics to propose new modes of visual, spatial, and formal engagement.
Kyle Miller is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design and director of eightyeight-west. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Michigan and UCLA, where he earned his professional degree and was awarded the AIA School Medal, the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship, and Jeffrey â€œSkipâ€? Hintz Memorial Fellowship. His design work has been exhibited in EP:2011 at the American Center for Architecture in Washington DC, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Kyle has worked professionally in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and for Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with UNStudio in Amsterdam.
WORKSHOP LEADERS Andrew Atwood teaches at the SCI-Arc. In 2011 he founded First Office with Anna Neimark. Their forthcoming publications include essays in the Think Space CityScapes Pamphlet, Perspecta and Project. He recently led an ACSA panel on “The Agency of Drawing and the Digital Process” at MIT. His installations include 5 Doric Columns at the Pacific Design Center, Cone Ceiling at the Beijing Biennale and the forthcoming installation “And Pedestals” at the SCI-Arc Gallery. He has worked and consulted for Belzberg Architects, mos, and BIG. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond and an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Mariana Ibañez is principal of IK Studio, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding IK Studio, she worked at the Advanced Geometry Unit at ARUP London before going to the office of Zaha Hadid. Mariana graduated from the University of Buenos Aires before attending the Architectural Association in London for her Master of Architecture where she created responsive architectural prototypes through the implementation of adaptive structures and interphases. Her investigations in physical computing and augmented architecture continue in her practice and academic research. Jason Kelly Johnson Is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco. Jason was born and raised in Canada and received his M.Arch degree from Princeton University. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, most recently at SFMOMA and the ZERO1 Art and Technology Biennial. He was awarded the 2011 Architectural League of NY “Young Architects Prize”, the 2008-09 “Oberdick Fellowship” at the University of Michigan, and the 2009 “NY Prize Fellowship” at the Van Alen Institute. He is currently an Assistant Professor at CCA San Francisco. Simon Kim is a licensed architect, principal of IK Studio, and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design where he directs the Immersive Kinematics Research Group. After graduating from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association, he was a designer and project architect for the office of Zaha Hadid and Gehry Technologies. Simon’s recent research has been an engagement with electronic devices, dynamic environments and urban space as a continually mediated and perceptual frame. His post-graduate work at MIT was on cybernetics, machine architecture, and their translated design agencies.
ACTIVE MODELS Curated By: Kyle Miller
Misfigures, Andrew Atwood
Sensor Wall, IK Studio
Cirriform, Future Cities Lab
DESIGN WORKSHOPS ...AND PROJECTION with Andrew Atwood. This workshop will focus on the analysis of objects through techniques of linear projection (geometry) and the augmentation and interpretation of those objects through techniques of image projection (spectacle). Geometry and Spectacle are not new to architecture, however, the suggestion that these seemingly disparate fields coincide at the term “projection” seems to ideally suited for the discipline. Using projection as our excuse, this workshop will attempt to combine spectacle and geometry, in an effort to clear productive space for architecture and search for references and associations not typically associated with either geometry or spectacle or architecture. Techniques: The workshop will serve as an introduction to Touch Designer A real time authoring software with a wide variety of applications. The workshop will introduce general concepts and then move quickly to the specific task of object augmentation through projection mapping. DYNAMIC SHELLS with Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim. We will experiment with the disciplinary precedent of shells and their range of outcomes in domes, vaults and conics. Shells keep their form through the continuous maintenance of load across its surface members. The shift will be from tectonically static, fixed profiles for responsive, malleable forms (for example, a bubble to a nautilus, or from vertical to horizontal). This will be determined not only in digital geometric transformations but also in architectural machines of two types: (1) Deployable Linkages/Pleated Shells, and (2) Dynamic Domes/Vaults/Arches. Both prototypes allow for flexibility and introduce active structures that vary according to real-time input.
ROBOTIC PROTOTYPES with Jason Kelly Johnson. The Robotic Prototypes workshop will explore the use of Grasshopper, Firefly and Arduino as creative and technical tools in the design, simulation and fabrication of robotic architectural prototypes, responsive building systems and intelligent skins. Firefly is a new set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, the Arduino micro-controller, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the 3D digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors, connect with machine vision protocols, and more. Grasshopper, a free plug-in for McNeel’s Rhino modeler, allows designers to create adjustable parametric forms through graphic icons rather than programming.
Curated By: Adam Fure
TACTILE OBJECTS brings together a group of designers defining new disciplinary territory for materials and form. Moving beyond the common criteria of performance, complexity, and elegance, this group steers material and formal articulation toward the tactile, the visceral, and the animal.
Adam Fure is a lecturer at the University of Michiganâ€™s Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and director of SIFT Studio. His design work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Beijing Biennale, the A+D Gallery in Los Angeles, the AA in London, and the Grand Rapids Museum of Art. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Alpha Rho Chi medal, the Carlin Glucksman Fellowship, and the Jeffrey Hintz Fellowship. Adam has worked for the offices of Gnuform, Office dA, and as a project designer for Greg Lynn FORM.
WORKSHOP LEADERS Ellie Abrons is a lecturer at the University of Michigan where she was awarded the A. Alfred Taubman Fellowship in Architecture in 2009. She received her M.Arch from UCLA where she graduated with distinction and received the AIA Certificate of Merit. She received her B.A. in art history and gender studies from NYU and has a certificate in graphic and digital design from Parsons. Ellie has worked for the offices of KoningEizenberg, servo, GregLynnFORM, and Office dA. In 2011 she traveled to Stuttgart, Germany where she was awarded a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Most recently, Ellie was invited to participate in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Andrew Holder is an architect, critic, and occasional author. He is currently the 2012-2013 Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan and co-Principal of The LADG, where his interests include inventing architectural characters and inducing states of play in an audience. Andrew has held appointments at UCLA, SCI-Arc, and Otis, and is a frequent guest critic at institutions across the country. He received his M.Arch degree from UCLA and a BA in Political Science from Lewis and Clark College. Andrew is a Truman Scholar, a Pamplin Fellow, and a recipient of the AIA Certificate. Michael Loverich cofounded Bittertang with Antonio Torres so they could create humorous and pleasurable environments. Their work uses fables and narrative to build new worlds that explore frothiness, biological matter, animal posturing, and babies all unified together through bel composto. Recently they have built 3 inflatable pavilions, a pregnant sugar oozing pinata, a plush toy collection, a sagging birdcage and won the Architectural League Prize in 2010.
Curated By: Adam Fure
Strange Making, Ellie Abrons
Pigs in a Box, Andrew Holder
Romulus & Remus: Succulent Pi単ata, Bittertang
DESIGN WORKSHOPS MODELRAMA with Ellie Abrons. These days the domain of the architectural model stretches from conventional, scaled representations of larger ideas to full-scale prototypes or mock-ups. Within this range, there is room for a novel conception of the model as an experiential proposition, opening up the potential for models to be both expedient design tools, or test sites, and fertile ground for predicting the effects and experiential outcomes of material experimentation and spatial manipulation. Using techniques drawn from historical precedents such as catoptric boxes, dioramas, and the polyrama panoptique, this workshop will focus on the design and fabrication of constructions that explore the occupation of a space through visual, rather than physical means while simultaneously immersing a participant in a saturated world of strange materiality and perceptual novelty
FAT MATTERS with Andrew Holder. Consider, as a problem of material and form, a litter of piglets suckling at the teats of a plump sow. The language of formal analysis is not readily equipped to describe this situation. The disposition of one pig against another does not appear to be regulated by clear systems of repetition and adjacency. The pig bodies themselves resist decomposition as assemblages of skin and structure; they are too fat – all fat, in fact. What formal analysis struggles to rationalize, the languages of character and posture easily accommodate: the piglets nestle and suckle; the sow sprawls; obese bodies squeeze and abut one another. There is a generalizable theory of fat here, a theory that “Fat Matters” will explore using balloons filled with plaster. With pigs as our exemplar, we will cast a series of characters that hug, snuggle, and copulate their way toward the production of space. PET SOUNDS with Michael Loverich. Working with air filled membranes, premature animal forms, acoustics, breath and some armpit squeezing, we as a group will build a bagpipe. Historically the bag of the bagpipe has been informed by the stomachs of animals so we will be begin by immersing outselves in the musical world of animals and the anatomy which allows them to sing; primarily their craniums, pouches, sacs and bladders. This visceral study of anatomy will culminate in a carnivorous feast from whose remains we will begin to construct our bagpipe. Carefully crafting together the manmade (reeds, rods, mouthpieces, plaids and drones) with organic raw materials (skins, bones, bladders and horns) a complex muscially inclined organism will be created. One that begins as a limp fetal form slung around your body but comes to life with a few breaths of moist air. Later a quick squeeze beneath your arm will cause it to squeal, fart, burp, whistle or if we are lucky (very) it will sing.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS In the fall of 2013 the conference chairs will return to the Knowlton School of Architecture for a public presentation of the conference results and a continued discussion of the productive nature of working within and among the selected possible mediums
The Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture
Following the Possible Mediums events at The Ohio State University, public panel discussions between the four conference chairs will take place at the remaining host institutions. These three events will feature discussions concerning the conference mediums and presentations of the workshop output.
September, 2013 University of Illinois-Chicago, School of Architecture
October, 2013 University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Kentucky, College of Design
ACCOMMODATIONS Workshop leaders and guest speakers will be staying at The Blackwell Hotel located at 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH 43210. The phone number for the hotel is (614) 247-4000. Student participants will make their own arrangements for lodging. Possibilities include: Spring Hill Suites - Columbus OSU 1421 Olentangy River Road Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 297-9912 Red Roof Inn 441 Ackerman Road Columbus, OH 43202 (614) 267-9941 Hyatt Place - Columbus OSU 795 Yard Street Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 280-1234 Varsity Inn OSU South 1445 Olentangy River Road Columbus, OH 43212 (614) 291-2983 They Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel 2407 Indiana Avenue Columbus, OH 43202 (614) 754-0945
PARKING Parking is available for guests in the open lot adjacent to both the stadium and the Knowlton School of Architecture. This surface lot charges a fee of $1.50 per hour. Parking is available for student participants in the Tuttle and Lane parking garages near the Knowlton School of Architecture. These parking garages charges a fee of $10 per day.
THANK YOU Mike Cadwell, The Ohio State University Jeffrey Kipnis, The Ohio State University John McMorrough, University of Michigan Monica Ponce de Leon, University of Michigan Bob Somol, University of Illinois - Chicago Michael Speaks, University of Kentucky
The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture Staff Philip Arnold, Visual Communications / Facilities Coordinator Michael Baumberger, Shop/Digital Fabrication Coordinator Meghan Frazer, Digital Resources Curator Holly Griffin, Sections Program Coordinator / Communications Graphics Becky Lonardo, Events Coordinator Lisa Routt, Business Manager Doug Sershen, Assistant to the Director / Communications & Outreach Carla Sharon, Administrative Associate Jeff Shaw, Senior Systems Manager
The Possible Mediums conference is composed of a series of workshops and panel discussions revolving around four “possible mediums.” Challen...