Archinect - Collections & Curations 2019-10-19T11:52:33-04:00 https://archinect.com/blog/article/150125275/toys-take-over-second-year-studio Toys Take Over Second Year Studio Saba Salekfard 2019-03-07T01:45:22-05:00 >2019-07-15T12:16:04-04:00 <p>It&rsquo;s the first day of class in the Interim Design Center at Cal Poly Pomona, where the only requirement for second year students was to bring in toys- lots of them. Desks were overthrown with Iron Man figurines, various Transformers, and other Hasbro collectibles...cars and robots, Chinese porcelain dolls and bobble heads. One student brought in an iPad and said, &ldquo;Define toy&rdquo;. (He was later asked to try again). As toys filled up studio, the instructors presented in Pecha Kucha style, introducing students to the concept of packing. Professor Alex Pang asked, &ldquo;What are you packing?&rdquo;, showing a clip from the Simpsons of clowns squeezing into a car, while Lecturer Jena Meeks described the difference between pack, pile, and stack. Images of the Vitruvian Man and the Golden Ratio helped describe to truly understand an object, it must be broken down to its proportions and pieces.</p> <p>Students began with a derivation exercise, documenting the shapes and forms of their toys, causing them to thor...</p> https://archinect.com/blog/article/144669973/the-heresy-of-function-topic-studio "The Heresy of Function" Topic Studio Saba Salekfard 2015-12-31T17:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-23T23:40:16-05:00 <p>This quarter, Cal Poly Pomona was pleased to host <a href="http://www.rchstudios.com/team/frank-clementi/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Clementi</a> and his topic studio &ldquo;The Heresy of Function&rdquo;. The studio proposes to apply function to famous monuments, since they exist without any pragmatic purpose. Monuments exist not to provide utility, but to symbolize our memories and beliefs. Projects aim to challenge the modernist fundamental of &ldquo;form follows function&rdquo; by identifying the cultural significance of monuments, and addressing a proper program. As Frank says, students shall combine the &ldquo;mechanical and the metaphysical" to reprogram these iconic structures, using the techniques of: "retrofit, agglomerate, mime, graft, occupy, shear, blend, meta-morph, repeat, ghost, hot-rod, re-skin, eviscerate, stitch, and drape".&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>The Taj Mahal et. al</em>" by <em>Saba Salekfard</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7u/7uy35gjb6whp4i5z.jpg">Built in 1648 by Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal stands as the monument for true and enduring love. The mausoleum was built as a symbol of the Shah&rsquo;s eternal love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, proceeding her death. What m...</p>