Greg Lynn SUPRASTUDIO Spring 2014: Ebrahim Poustinchi

Greg Lynn, Professor with Julia Koerner, Lecture

The SUPRASTUDIO begins with the assumption that robotic technology might

contribute to a dynamic spatial experience. Boeing collaborated with the studio

as a thought leader, enabling the students to work in partnership with an industry

who is in the business of innovating and thinking decades into the future as a

core aspect of their business. This provoked the studio to formulate concepts

and develop design proposals that engaged innovation and conceptual thinking

about robotics beyond replacing menial tasks or increasing complexity through

precision. In addition, the fact that Boeing is in the business of motion has made

this a vibrant collaboration.

Despite all the moving parts in any building; from doors and windows to

elevators, architecture assumes that people and things move while buildings

remain static. One of the ways people are provoked to move is by spatial

inflection and formal gestures. This idea of buildings being imbued with

dynamism is an old idea. When deciding what small percentage of a room

moves the question of the relationship between the moving elements and the

static elements was posed at the outset. A main focus of the year was the

relationship between literal motion and phenomenal motion. The studio explored

reorientation and movement of spaces and rooms at a variety of scales but

always from the inside out.

Each student worked individually on three projects during the year: the first an

abstract motion study; the second rethinking an aircraft factory hangar using

alternative moving rooms and structures; and the third one of four building types

that can be transformed by the use of a small percentage of moving room(s).

Students: Keith Berry, Michael Duran, Mingru He, Aidi Ma, Oleg Mikhalik,

Jacqueline Perez, Mohammad Poustinchi, Sima Shahverdi, Baichuan Song,

Ismaeil Soto, Mark Billanueva, Kaiji Yan


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