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WA/SA

Working 9-5, at...

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

Alberti, Sandro Best in Show- UCLA; 20 January, 2003 [text27]

‘WA/SA’, ‘Aloha8’, and ‘Working 9 to 5, at...’

Once again, UCLA’s formalized student exhibitions treat the public to representative student work. This time, from Fall 2002. Some of the work I had already written about, in my ‘hallway’ series (primarily, in this case, modular structure studies and landscape generations). Fresh and new (I’ll leave best for last):

1. A delamination diagram of failure in coated steel serves to inform a ‘blob within classical building’ program. Includes initial failure openings, blistering, and ruptures at weak points. By Ramiro Díaz-Granados in the Erdman-Karlsson studio [this is where I point out that David Erdman has managed to revamp a lot of energy in ‘academia’ at UCLA; now he is joined by one of his Servo collaborators, Ulrika Karlsson, who seems both ‘modern’ and charming] 2. In the Gow + Lee + Lee + Payne studio, Michelle Frankel reconstitutes Le Corbusier’s Domino frame, to create an adaptive-flexible envelope. 3. Also in the Gow + Lee + Lee + Payne studio, students present an urban analysis in unison. The result, a back-lit plastic box filled with layers of color and transparency.

are fictions of fen-om: [www.fen-om.com]

Image board for the adaptive-flexible neo-Domino.

Reconstituted Domino frame.

And finally, the project that eschews our contemporary ‘state’ (or actually manages to touch and push upon the ‘envelope’). I still don’t quite know how-what it is (and thus assume it is ‘avant’ all): 4. Alex Lehnerer and Louise Griffin (in the Erdman-Karlsson studio) show what seems to be yet-another interior application of ‘fluid form’. But there is ‘more’ here. The form is both blob as fluid envelope AND sliced volumetric representation. It is essentially a form with ‘finned’ walls, and, with it, these designers manage, further, to deal with issues of opacity, privacy, and the in-between. It has qualities of the Fog Building, solidified. Very nice.

Díaz-Granados melts the building within.

Lehnerer-Griffin ‘fill’.


The finned blobs.

Interstitial flows thanks to ‘finning’.


Best in Show- UCLA