THIS SEMESTER, SITUATION STUDIO HAS FOCUSED ON THE CIRCULATION OF STUFF [ OBJECTS / COMMODITIES / RESOURCES ] TO DISCUSS HOW ARCHITECTURE PARTICIPATES IN ITS MANY ASPECTS FROM THE CLIMATE CRISIS TO ADVERTISING. NEXT DAY SHIPPING, MOOD BOARDS, WEDDING REGISTRIES, HYPE, VOICE OPERATED SHOPPING LISTS… THE NOTION OF WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO THE MATERIAL WORLD EXTENDS WELL BEYOND THE PHYSICAL OR THE IMMEDIATE... A ‘NEW DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM’ PINTEREST FOLDER IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO DEMANDS FOR NEW TYPES AND QUANTITIES OF TILES AND WHAT IS CONSIDERED ‘CUTE’ IN SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE MATERIAL DEMANDS ON A LIMESTONE QUARRY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANET. WHAT IS WRITTEN AND VISUALIZED ONLINE, THE WAY IT CIRCULATES AND APPEARS, DEFINES PHYSICAL SPACES, OUR CHOICES AND OURSELVES. THIS IS CREATING NEW SOCIOMATERIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHERE THE MATERIAL AND THE EPHEMERAL, THE CULTURAL AND THE PHYSICAL ARE DEEPLY ENTANGLED. WHAT IS CULTURE TODAY IS COMMODITY TOMORROW. SOMEWHERE IN THAT ENTANGLEMENT IS ARCHITECTURE. IT’S ALL ONE SITUATION. THIS STUDIO IS THUS CONCERNED WITH THE INTANGIBLE AND THE TANGIBLE ALIKE, WITH VIBE, ECONOMIC VALUE, HUMOR AND HYPE AS MUCH AS MATERIAL INVESTIGATIONS, TECTONIC ASSEMBLAGES AND EVENTS. 


CO-SELF
[ BULK-ING COSMETICS ]
BY JIE FENG + FANGTIAN NI + PING SHAO


OUR SELF - CARE LAB AIMS TO DETAIL THE UNDERLYING NOTION OF PRIVACY AND SHARING AND BULK CONSUMPTION THROUGH THE LENS OF THE CLIENTELE AND WORKER. THROUGH OUR SERVICE AND THE FORM OF OUR LAB, THE LAB CREATES AN ALMOST ENCLOSED SPACE. CONNECTION SYSTEMS AND MOVING PANELS CREATE TRANSITORY SPACES AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS TO CONDUCT THEIR SELF - CARE PROCESS(ES). BECAUSE THE WALLS, FLOORS, PANELS, AND CEILINGS ARE NOT ENTIRELY FLUSHED AGAINST ANOTHER, THE SPACE IS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE INCLUSION OF PRIVATE SPHERES IN THE PUBLIC SETTING. ADDITIONALLY, THE GROUND LEVEL INCORPORATES DIGITAL OVERLAY AND PHYSICAL APPLICATIONS TO DELINEATE THE CLIENTS' PRIVATE EXPERIENCE IN THE SHARED SPACES. THE UPPER LEVEL INDICATES A MORE BEHIND - THE - SCENES ASPECT INVOLVING WAREHOUSES AND BULK SUPPLIES THROUGH THE WORKERS' LENS. THE EMPLOYMENT OF BULK IN REGARD TO INVENTORY AND MODULARIZATION OF ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS AMPLIFIES THE NOTION OF QUANTITY IN THE ALMOST ENCLOSED SPACE. BULK INVENTORY ALSO EXPLOITS THE IDEA OF SURPLUS AND EXPIRATION WHEN STOCKED PRODUCTS ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO BE USED AND ARE DISCARDED; THIS STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN UTILIZATION AND INVENTORY SURPLUS IS DEMONSTRATED ON OUR DISPLAY SHELVES. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LAB'S TYPOLOGY DESCRIBES INTERSECTING RELATIONS BETWEEN SURPLUS AND ESSENTIAL, AND PRIVATE AND SHARE







(electro)MESTIC
CATEGORY: 
APPLIANCES
BY SHANDRA BEMATH-PLAISTED + CELIA OLSEN + EVAN CHAVEZ


DOMESTICATION OF A FORMER COMMERCIAL SPACE IN RESPONSE TO CHANGING RETAIL CONDITIONS AND THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS. IN 2020 A SMALL ARCHITECTURE COLLECTIVE HAS CHOSEN TO TAKE OVER A SHUTTERED SPORTS AUTHORITY IN ORDER TO CREATE A PROTOTYPE HOME FOR COOPERATIVE LIVING BASED ON THEIR NEW CONCEPT FOR STRUCTURING DOMESTIC SPACE AROUND OUR APPLIANCES’ ELECTRICAL USE. THE PROTOTYPE HOME IS COMPOSED OF PRE-FAB CLT PANELS ROUTED FOR PREDETERMINED ELECTRICAL NEEDS. THE COLLECTIVE HAS DESIGNED THE HOME TO SHOWCASE A FORM OF SPATIAL DIVISION BASED ON THE AVERAGE ANNUAL ELECTRICAL USAGE OF APPLIANCES LOCATED WITHIN THE TYPICAL ROOMS OF A HOME. THE ROOMS OF THE HOME ARE BUILT ON ELEVATED PLATFORMS LIFTED ABOVE THE FLOOR OF THE ABANDONED STORE TO CREATE A DOMESTIC SPACE PHYSICALLY AND VISUALLY SEPARATED FROM THE FORMER COMMERCIAL USAGE. WHILE THEIR PROTOTYPE HOME WAS CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED TO CALL INTO QUESTION FIXED CONCEPTIONS OF DOMESTIC SPACE, OUR PROJECT SHOWS HOW EVEN NEW MODERN CONCEPTIONS OF DOMESTIC USAGE EXPERIENCE CONSTANT ADAPTATION AND REPURPOSING OVER TIME.








housePLANT
CATEGORY: PLANTS
BY NOAH RUSSIN + ALEX VERNON + CHUNYANG XU


HOW DOES A GENERIC OBJECT’S ROLE CHANGE WHEN RECONTEXTUALIZED? WHEN QUANTIFIED TO EXTREME PROPORTIONS? PLANTS - PLANTED BIOLOGICAL OBJECTS - ARE TYPICALLY UNDERSTOOD AS ORNAMENTAL OBJECTS WITH A SMALL FOOTPRINT, THEY ARE USUALLY ENJOYED BY THE DOMESTIC CONSUMER IN SMALL QUANTITIES AND USED TO ENHANCE THE AESTHETICS OF A SPACE. PLANTS COMPLEMENT DOMESTIC SPACES. LIVING PLANTS ARE REDUCED TO ACCESSORIES. OUR PROJECT PROPOSES THE REVERSAL OF PLANT - DOMESTIC CORRELATION IN ORDER TO REDEFINE THE ROLE OF PLANTED OBJECTS; BY EXTREMING THE AMOUNT OF PLANTS, THE DOMESTIC SPACE BECOMES COMPLEMENTARY TO THESE GROW SPACES. WHEN A TRADITIONAL PROGRAM IS REDUCED TO AN ORNAMENTAL SCALE, THE CULTURE OF THE SPACE SHIFTS; AN ARTIFICIAL UTOPIA FOR PLANTS, FOR HUMANS.






SITUATION STUDIO  TAUBMAN COLLEGE  FACULTY: LAIDA AGUIRRE   DANIEL JACOBS  STEVEN LAURITANO    
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