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    Kaohsiung Cultural Center

    Matthew Messner
    Feb 7, '12 10:05 PM EST

    Kaohsiung Cultural Center Campus by Christopher Savanelli & Ivan Ostapenko

    This project was from last years third year Directed Research Studio with Prof.Sean Lally.  Resently it has been getting some much deserved attention.   You may remember it from  the opening slide in RE Somol's lecture in this earlier post.  And is currently competing in the suckerPUNCH + Land of Tomorrow competition.

    In the designer's words-

     "As metropolitan economies outgrow their bases in industrial manufacturing and trade into global markets for cultural production and consumption, large tracts of now disused land are being redeveloped to serve contemporary cultural institutions. Because of its siting, scale, and programmatic requirements this competition provides an opportunity to gage the disciplinary standing of architecture in an environment where distinctions between once clearly demarcated fields of architectural, urban and landscape design are becoming increasingly blurred."   More Info Here

    "The project’s design internalizes object/environment or figure/field relationships through articulation of a thickened urban surface and distribution of program into a campus plan. Strategies from landscape design are used to create a range of shifting microclimates that are brought together in a network. Surface, thickness, and protrusions of the artificial ground condition and are conditioned by bodies that occupy them."

    You should probably go check it out on suckerPUNCH and vote for it


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