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WA/SA

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[waldrip architects/ s.a.] [architecture- los angeles]

Alberti, Sandro MarchII, Summer-2002; 8 Steps; 3 October, 2002 [text21]

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Once again I have sent my searchbot out to a local design school, to retrieve the latest trends. Here’s what it got, filtered from the best work of MarchII students (UCLA A+UD) in their first, Summer, term: 1. Buildings defined by a series of irregular bays. A resulting irregular façade gains further complexity (and interstitial inside-outside spacing) when wrapped by a façade that follows its Some of UCLA A+UD’s ‘Best of MArchII, Summer-2002’. own rhythm. 2. Facades consisting of multi-partite ‘skin fields’. Aperture, enclosure, and multi-level structure fields interweave. 3. Openings in facades defined by ‘pushes’, rather than ‘punctures. Resulting ‘pleats’ can lead to new program on the façade. 4. Fluid structural walls define building cores. 5. Buildings defined as spaces in between folded facades. The resulting architecture can be made much more complex, through the interweaving of diverse folded/ fluid surfaces. 6. Topographic floors and ceilings, leading to ‘stalactite-stalagmite’ relationships. 7. Fluid elements used as building blocks. 8. Connection of vertical surfaces via modular openings and links.

Implemented steps; a new urban context.

Step 1: sections + facade.


Step 2: multi-partite facade.

Step 3: wrinkles and apertures.

Step 5: folded negative space.

Step 6: topography.

Step 4: fluid core.

Step 7: fluid modules.

Step 8: void linkage.

MarchII, Summer-2002; 8 Steps  

Student work at UCLA Architecture shows methods for connecting facades to buildings.

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