Laida Aguirre – COMPANY RESOURCES

This studio begins from an abundance…from the excess that is around us, the muchness we hhave produced and attempts to extract new life from it. Students designed a resource-aware production house & event space… a place of material and image production in service of the ephemeral event / the performance of daily life. This program is concerned with the circulation of objects, the logistics of material movement as well as the social tropes that create the desires and interests around them.

Production houses, especially those associated with the film/theater industry, are commonly known to produce huge amounts of waste and be part of one of the most wasteful trades. Architecture can hold a similarly infamous position. In response, this studio is charged with developing a series of aesthetic tactics and material techniques…radical redecorating, refinishing, disassembling, reassembling, reprinting, debranding, resurfacing…as methods that can help us divert resources from the consumer-waste loop and place them in service of the temporary event.

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Student Work

Cayman Langton – “(Socio)material”

(Socio)material seeks to obfuscate the lines often drawn between stage and audience, space and occupation, and production and performance, through a looped material processing of foam that serves the social and performative aspects of life. The building is a system that continuously manages and creates new value from its foam contents while breaking down and making accessible the corporeal experience of the spectacle.

Vikitha Reddy Bezawada & Clayton Artz – “textile culture”

When thinking about the futurity of urban life, it is essential to address the undeniable impact that plastic has caused. One of many cautionary tales from the Anthropocene epoch – a new geological age that represents the unprecedented earthly response to human activity. The proposal, rather than denying our intimacy with plastic, creates a paradigm shift by reevaluating the approach to post-consumer plastic and beginning to view it as a raw resource. Programmatically, this raw resource fuels the inventory of stage props for the suspended performances above: Dance, Music, and Visual Arts. The architecture decommissions a worn out storage yard in West Side Chicago.

Vikitha Reddy Bezawada & Clayton Artz – “textile culture”

Addressing the current age of hyper-abundance and over-commodification, the project proposes a method of aesthetically designed cheap assembly, while re-defining the relationship between the elevation of a building and its facade. The resource-aware production house and spatially adaptable event space come together under the suspended indoor/outdoor steel mesh pavilion that facilitates the circulation of objects and people. Rather than functioning merely as a recycling center for textile waste, the proposal provides Chicago designers and populace raw materials and flexible, programmable working spaces that can host a range of events, such as seasonal art displays, runway shows, and visually interactive

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