Architecture is an instrument | Michael Loverich | TEDxNYIT

Architecture is an instrument that has created sounds throughout history—its shape adjusting to or dictating musical trends. What happens when we use the tactility of the instrument as a generator of objects and space, as a thing that produces new architectural form, through human and object interactivity?

Excited by the possibilities of a future full of playful and inventive opportunities Bittertang was founded by Antonio Torres and Michael Loverich as a small design farm to bring humor and pleasure to the built environment. Their work uses fables and narrative to build new worlds that explore frothiness, biological matter, animal posturing, and babies all unified together through bel composto. As creators of physical things Bittertang relies on the dialogue between visceral and digital matter to generate and invigorate their work. Although trained as architects their prolific interests and methodology associates them closely to the organization of a farm. Bittertang material is breed, coaxed and grown to yield tasty morsels, new exotic beasts and fertilizer for future growth.

Recently, they have built three inflatable pavilions, a pregnant sugar oozing pinata, a plush toy collection, a sagging birdcage, a room of wax, an edible environment, and a giant rotting amphitheater. Loverich, cofounder of Bittertang, lives in Manhattan where he experiments with edible and living materials. He graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in architecture before moving to New York to work for Reiser + Umemoto followed by Snohetta. He teaches at UPenn and has won and built a handful of architectural competitions.

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