Greg Lynn, Professor with Julia Koerner, Lecturer
This project by Ismael Soto is an example of the work completed for Greg Lynn’s SUPRASTUDIO from 2013-14.
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 en- gaged 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).