Architect and Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan
â€˜Surface Capacityâ€™ will unpack the construction of a spatial and pedagogical practice through the lens of architectural representation, by sampling various kinds of produced surfacesâ€”analog, digital and composites. Comprised of influences, hunches, flat out shots in the dark and outcomes, â€˜Surface Capacityâ€™ will build a relational calculus that points to developing spatial, representational, cultural and disciplinary participation. Key partners-in-crime for the work will be tickled in the talk, including curiosity cabinets, Robert Venturiâ€™s book, â€˜Complexity and Contradictionâ€™, Wallace Stevensâ€™ seminal poem â€™Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbirdâ€™, Jorge Luis Borgesâ€™ fictional taxonomy, â€˜Celestial Emporium of Celestial Knowledgeâ€™, Baroque architecture, Matthew Barneyâ€™s â€˜Drawing Restraintsâ€™, surrealist techniques, and interests in contingency and indeterminacy. Language prompts, analogous thinking, the â€˜naming problemâ€™, tailored visualizations, and inventive programmatic thinking will populate the margins. â€˜Surface Capacityâ€™ will get under the metaphorical hood of an approximate practice, constructed by an amateur, that leverages various forms of visualization towards spatial speculations that aspire to enlarge what might be possible in the cultural imaginary.