Jan '07 - Jun '07
Last quarter (fall 06), we each opted to take a design studio with Neil Denari. The quarter was split into half, with the first five weeks devoted to the exploration of fluidity and its manifestation in shape and form, performance, graphic assembly, and program. Beyond simple smooth surfaces and shiny exteriors (although most projects contained those attributes), the excercise was an investigation of "surface", a topic of the moment in contemporary practice (Sanaa's Toldeo Museum, Rem's Seattle Library, HdM's projects almost anywhere) and situated architecture within the realm of aerospace, furniture, and graphic design techniques. The project was to design a space, similar to a pavillion, that would sell the Boeing 737-900ER airplane to potential buyers (arab shieks, Trump) through interactive information kiosks, a screening room, scaled model room, and VIP lounge. The site was adjacent to the Boeing 737 airplane in the hangar and the piece had to connect with the plane at two points. Five weeks is quite short for a project with such endeavors and my 3d printed model was a hole-pierced disaster but renderings of the final outcome looked good. Final review included Michael Speaks, Imaginary Forces' Peter Frankfurt, and other guests.
Neil Denari's work is currently in the Skin + Bones show at MOCA. link
Top three bands most listened to in the studio during AirTight:
TV on the Radio, David Bowie, Goldfrapp.
Weekly Saturday Burrito locale:
Tacos Porfavor (Olympic, 14th St in Santa Monica)
Chuck Hobermans hand-held expandable sphere