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    Deck the halls!

    By snatraj
    Feb 17, '15 3:57 PM EST

    SARUP’s building has lately been festooned with installations created in the studio conducted by  2014-2015 Research Fellow Antonio Furgiuele, in collaboration with Assistant Prof. Whitney Moon. The first project by students in "Tectonics & Compositional Order: Assemblies of Space", is titled “Excess to Surplus". This project explores the inventive reuse of an everyday material through the lenses of excess and obsolescence.

    Working exclusively with discarded phone books, students worked in teams to transform them through a series of focused studies and manipulations, with their potential being exploited in a way to generate a site-responsive and spatial system.

    Students first devised a module, and then repeated this to generate a material system. As they did so, they were asked to consider variety and differentiation, the relationship of the part to the whole, and how a secondary material could be added to enhance the system’s performance. Teams selected a specific site within the SARUP building, engaging a single performance criterion – light, sound or vision. The assemblies were meant to dampen or amplify these criteria, depending on location and space.

    Students documented their work with process photographs taken from a single vantage point, and captured the assembly’s performance over time, noting the changes in light, sound and vision.

    The installations were certainly a great conversation piece for school "residents" and campus visitors as they came through the building, and we are looking forward to the next project by Arch 320!

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