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Project Type: Licentiate
Project Period: 201202-201602
Architecture at the Front examines the threshold between building and context as a site for interchange between precise design intent and more uncertain external conditions. The task of “ending” architecture – of giving it a front – ties in at least three current conversations in contemporary architectural discourse and practice. Adopting a projective rather than critical approach, the project will engage in those conversations through material assemblies, mock-ups and speculative proposals.
Firstly, the project will promote the role of matter in the context of digital design. Recent advances in material science and computer controlled production processes has put matter at the fingertips of architects and enabled facades of unparalleled complexity. Yet, very few architects engage in less controlled processes where material agency becomes a productive force rather than an unwanted byproduct. Secondly, it will seek alternative sensibilities that may arise from working outside of an established set of materials normally associated with digital fabrication. Thirdly, it will negotiate issues of performance versus representation. The front of a building is arguably an important part of its representation in the city, but it is equally important in determining the performance of it, as it is the interface between built mass and natural environment.
Daniel Norell is a licentiate fellow in architectural technology at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, a senior lecturer in architecture at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and co-founder of architecture studio Norell/Rodhe. He received an MArch.II degree from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship, and an MArch degree from the KTH. He has previously worked as a designer in the offices of Greg Lynn FORM in Los Angeles, Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Kjellander & Sjöberg in Stockholm.
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