Paul McCoy

Paul McCoy

Philadelphia, PA, US

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ACADIA 2021: Hybrids & Haecceities

The amalgamation of a hybrid and a haecceity is to recognize the existence of polarity and uniqueness while enabeling relationships between such entities to simulate and blend qualities from one another which overtime appear to be “new” and “only” while exisiting in “multiplicities” and “varieties”. The graphics proposal for the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design’s hosting of the ACADIA 2020 conference titled “Hybrids & Haecceities” illustrates that things can exist as a thing in a state of transition or inbetween. In this way, lines that describe contemporary tools and discrete methods also outline familiar figures and forms. A graphics library extracts euclids from splines, and hatches from colors to generate tweens of curvatures that when sampled with AI learning opens up a relevant conversation of the computational, material, objective, aesthetic, genetic, biological, environmental, robotic, and operational to a new reading. A reading where the graphic aesthetic of the digital is informed by multiple layers of graphics and computer aided design in architectural practice. Overall, Hybrids & Haecceities is an evolution of the familiar graphic reading of ACADIA into the Ivy League and the second decade of the 20th century.

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Status: School Project
Location: Philadelphia, PA, US
My Role: Graphic & Layout Design Lead
Additional Credits: Madison Green, Peik Shelton, Robert Stuart-Smith, Hina Jamelle, Nate Hume.