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    Attack the Block with Andrew Zago

    Matthew Messner
    Mar 23, '12 6:56 PM EST

    For this semester's elective I have been taking Andrew Zago's "Attack the Block" seminar co-taught by Sarah Blankenbaker.  

    From the class brief-

    "The goal of this course is twofold; to research the difference between the object (design) and architecture (form) and to produce new work that challenges selected qualities of objects. the research will move from cataloging and diagramming key qualities of objects to a study of works of architecture that have challenged and attacked these qualities. The new work intends to define a new, emerging , category of object-attack.  Each student will produce rectangular cuboids (blocks0 in which the apparent form differs from the literal form.  this will be approached as a problem of surface material or low relief geometries and articulations."  


    So the discussion in this class is and interesting one.  From misregistration, to material ambiguities, to structural deconstruction, we have been filing through projects and diagramming the moves that make them challenge form and objectivity.  I will not go into too great of detail about this in this post, as we will have a publication at the end of the semester that will better describe and explain our research.


    The other part of the class is an exercise in physical modelling in an attempt at our own attack on the block.  Here are some of those first goes.

    The Original

    The Manual Misregistration

    The Printed Misregistration

    Material Study (Challah Bread)

    Not sure what I was thinking with this one.   Great Stuff and Tennis Balls.





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