Archinect - Knowlton School of Architecture (Patrick) 2014-09-16T17:36:45-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/27544772/a-retrospecta a retrospecta pkherron 2011-11-15T09:45:35-05:00 >2011-11-26T00:03:21-05:00 <p> The Banvard Gallery recently opened a new exhibit called Travulgar Square.&nbsp; The collection contains works by Ben Nicholson from 1976-77.&nbsp; In a discussion with the architect and Jeff Kipnis, the work was introduced in a way that was described both as a body "out of stasis and exorbitant."&nbsp; As a student the work represents an investigation that can best be understood as a commitment to design.&nbsp; This commitment is one that includes the physical act of making as well as the experiential process of design.&nbsp; Nicholson spoke of studying as a "an experience".&nbsp; Contradictory to the state in which most students work, he expressed the need to challenge our methodological approach to design and instead focus on spatial arrangements that have yet to be understood.&nbsp; "Find what can't be done", he asks, "then you are truly working in progression."&nbsp; As a fourth year student the work is both disturbing in its relentless specificity, yet emotive in its cohesive attitude.&nbsp; It was designed not purely ...</p>