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THE contractor canon

A LOW-FI SPECULATION ON LOW-RES ARCHITECTURE

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Deliberations on dumb details, The Home Depot, Normcore and Glossier—or, low-resolution architecture, materials and practices in the post-digital age.

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Interiors Journal : Volume 9 : Issue 1

As functional ornament, curtains commonly remain outside the traditional scope and canon of architecture, yet their spatial deployment demands (re)consideration. The necessary inclusion and subsequent erasure of these textiles in modernist architecture occurred in tandem with the proliferation of the free plan, the free façade and the curtain wall. This research highlights the role of curtains in iconic 20th-century projects and further considers how the modernist curtain evolved into unconventional contemporary variations—a soft architecture of flexible programming.

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None MORE Black

ACSA 2019 : The Black Box

Is color technical rather than compositional? An attempt to frame a current moment in the complex overlap of digital data and physical matter—“from screen to stone”—through the lens of three, highly specific colors: pink, blue and black.

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The Deep end

POOL : Issue 3 : Party

What is the critical mode of the after-party? Given the recent resuscitation of certain disciplinary moods, it would seem we are currently surrounded by images of past architectures, glazed over with nostalgia for a future—any future—not yet encumbered by disciplinary baggage, resting at the deep end of Edie Sedgwick pool in Ciao! Manhattan.

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SHOPS aren’t for shopping (anymore)

The Atlantic

Retail stores used to be places to buy things. Smartphones changed that, and retailers are struggling to invent new reasons, and methods, for shopping.

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WORKING TO SCALE

LALA Magazine

A profile piece on THIS X THAT, an architectural consultancy working with young designers and artists in Los Angeles and abroad.

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THE PAINT job

Source Books in Architecture 12 : Neil M. Denari 

Reflections on the recent pink makeover of the formerly sea-foam green Alan-Voo House. 

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TECHNI/SOCIAL/COLOR

LA Forum Reader

A chromatic architecture "map" of Los Angeles, which includes the populist pinks of Paul Smith's infamous Instagram-pink wall and Roberto Legorreta's Pershing Square colonnade; the boisterous blues of Church Scientology and Cesar Pelli's Pacific Design Center; the dreamy rainbows of West Hollywood's pride crosswalks and Sony Studio's commission by Tony Tasset. 

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ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS

REAL REVIEW 4

A review of Los Angeles' recent acquisition, The Museum of Broken Relationships, ponders "What It Means to Love Today" through the relics of affection. 

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SCRAMBLED DESIRE

Burrasca 03 : Glitch

A brief examination on glitches - from the digital production technique of "breaking the tool" to its subsequent aesthetic impact in architectural representation, design objects and visual culture. 

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A DISCIPLINARY DEATH DRIVE

SOILED 06 : Deathscrapers

An architectural translation of self-destructive desires compares the psychological repetitive urge to consume drugs or engage in risky behavior with the repetitive trends in architectural representation, specifically two contemporary drawing techniques that push disciplinary speculation. 

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UN-HOUSE OF THE FUTURE

PIDGIN 21 : Flushed

Reconsiders the Smithsons' House of the Future as an inverted typology, resulting in an inside-out alternative of programmatic function and diagrammatic dialect.  

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FLUID PLEASURE

PIDGIN 19 : Magic

A highlight of On The Road: Project LA's fourth pop-up exhibition produced Fluids Mashup, an Allan Kaprow happening of his 1967 Fluids happening, amid the magic hour light of Palm Springs. 

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POP(ULATING) PINK

VIA Issue 04 : Natures

Rose-tinted observations on the chromatic variations of pink and its lesser-known histories of iconic architecture in Los Angeles. This site-specific gradient includes R.M. Schindler's House on Kings Road (Salmon), Frank Gehry's own residence in Santa Monica (Mauve),  Stephen Prina's "As He Remembered It" installation at LACMA (Honeysuckle), Johnston Marklee's Sale House in Venice (Magenta), and Neil Denari's Alan Voo House in Palms (Fuchsia). 

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OUT OF THE BLUE AND INTO THE PINK

Saturated Space @ The Architectural Association

Culturally known as the most kitsch and taboo colour, pink has been making a recent appearance in contemporary architecture. From book covers, installations, interiors, pop-up shelters and objects du jour, it seems fitting that pink is saturating contemporary discourse as the colour itself oscillates between natural and artificial, flesh and mechanization, innocence and sexuality.

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ADDRESSING ARCHITECTURE

ON SIMULACRUM, TIME AND POCHÉ

Thesis for UCLA Critical Studies in Architecture

Architecture and Fashion both interrogate tectonic logic, structure, formal technique, and the human body. Divided into three parts exploring the simulacrum of the knock off, shifting production speeds, and the residual space of poché, brief detours through canonized histories lend theoretical insight to contemporary architecture and its chatter with fashion. Exploration into the alternative overlaps between these two fields attempts to find common clichés and a disciplinary swerve.

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Architectural Confections: Delectable Essays

DELECTABLE ESSAYS

Thesis for OSU Architectural Studies in Criticism

A collection of essays on tasty architectural treats; close-readings of selected projects include UN Studio’s Agora Theatre, Pita & Bloom’s Pulse: Tendril Formations, Mark Foster Gage’s competition entry for the Estonian Academy of the Arts, among others.