Installations by Architects: Experiments in Building and Design


1. Tectonics:

by exploring new modes of assembly and materials, this section reminds us that architecture doesn’t stop at the facade.

Mette Ramsgard Thomse, Vivisection

Mette Ramsgard Thomse’s Vivisection is a spatial experiment that explores how a techtonic surface can embed a capacity for sensing and actuation. The silk and steel fabric is conductive thereby allowing the architects to pass electronic signals through it. By using antenna based sensor chips the fabric “feels” the presence of the audience. The sensors inform a network of distributed micro-computers, that in turn control the fans, inflating and deflating internal bladders in the structure.

2. Body 

examines the relationship between human body, spatial experience and design.

Thom Faulders, Mute Room (image)

Thom Faulders covered with pink Memory Foam (as used in the earplugs that expand to fill the cavity of the ear) the floor of his Mute Room, a temporary listening environment for experimental electronic music. The foam’s surface operates as a sound baffle to enhance acoustical clarity. Similar to the way that musical notes ‘decay’ in the air before dissipating, this surface has a transitory quality – impressions linger until fully erased by the slowly acting foam.

3. Nature 

might help shape a more responsible attitude towards nature.

Anderson Anderson with Cameron Schoepp, Prairie Ladder

The Prairie Ladder was commissioned by the Connemara Conservancy (Texas) to preserve, protect, and honor the prairie landscape.

The ladder introduces a veritcal axis, making a departure from the natural horizontal axis of the prairie. The ladder also proclaims human defiance of the horizontal limitations of the earth.

4. Memory 

engages with the collective memory and its relationship with space.


24260 in “art and Economy at Deichterhollen, Hamburg, 2002

Since 1960, Detroit has lost half of its population and demolished over 200,000 housing units. Kyong Park‘s24620The Fugitive House (2001-), is an abandoned house from Detroit that has been dismantled and reconstructed in several European cities. 24620 is looking for a new home in a ‘kinder and gentler” city than Detroit. Europe, however, is becoming just as neo-liberal and neo-con as in the USA

With its pieces misplaced and their incisions permanent, the house, when re-assembled, replicates the condition of a dysfunctional city in the violence of dismembered spaces. Wherever it may go, the house takes the ideals and failures of modernism with it, creating discourses on the cultural state and destiny of each community.

5. Public Space 

offers citizens new ways to inhabit or relate to the city.

Usman Haque, Sky Ear, 0n September 15, 2004 at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, London

Sky Ear, by Haque Design + Research, contains miniature sensor circuits that respond to electromagnetic fields, particularly those of mobile phones. When activated, the sensor circuits in the clouds co-ordinate to cause ultra-bright coloured LEDs to illuminate thousand glowing helium balloons.



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