Cities can transform into an entirely new place once it's nighttime, sometimes to the point of disorientation that you wonder if you're still in the same city. The upcoming "Vers un climat: Building (With) The Unstable" exhibit at Cornell University presented by award-winning interdisciplinary practice AWP explores the alluring atmosphere of the urban nightscape to illustrate how structures can evolve, change, and perform as active participants in our cities.
"Vers un climat" is based on years of in-depth research by AWP founders Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, and Alessandra Cianchetta, who continuously explore how intangible elements like climate, time, and light affect architectural design.
The exhibit will showcase AWP's realized and proposed designs that convey the practice's recurring themes of impermanence, evolution, and the uncontrollable. Featured projects include The Lantern Pavilion in Norway, the Troll installation pieces, the LAM Museum sculpture park, and the recent La Defense Night-time Plan--their master developmental plan for Paris’ Central Business District.
Academic and theoretical work from the current Paris La Nuit show at the Pavilion d'Arsenal and AWP's 2009 book "Nightscapes, Nocturnal Landscapes" will also be on display.
The exhibit will run from August 26 - September 16, 2013 in The Hartell Gallery at Cornell University.
Photos courtesy of AWP and Gregori Civera