Coaching is first and foremost learning, and mine is seated in the conviction that greater perception of and interaction with the world around us can provide untold levels of inspiration, and indeed propose solutions, if we only looked closely enough. When we create something, it is added to an existing framework, it is an intervention in an existing situation with its own unique qualities. Developing methods of research and observation to discover and integrate these qualities is paramount. In 2015 Michelle published,Research-Observe-Make, An Alternative Manual for Architectural Education”, with Birkhäuser Verlag
→research →observe →make: Acting, not just problem solving, using research and observation to propose new futures for others and our profession, seeking more than representation.
Uselessness rarely matches our expectations and disappoints a priori but it can also liberate because it contradicts the logic of use equals value. Could uselessness be contemporary humankind's most valuable tool? The Mannheim Multihalle (Otto & Mutschler 1975)an ultra-thin and lightweight structure has withstood over 40 years of neglect by a body politic who say it is useless. Each Student chose a weaving method and using discarded newsprint wove panels in different scales, then 3 small inter-related vessels and finally one large vessel relating to the scale of the body whereby the definition of vessel was theirs. 6 teams of 3 students worked together to develop wooden structures for 2 1000m2 exhibition halls in Lower Austria. They built 1/5 scale models using an innovative engineered plywood.
from the poem “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by W.B.Yeats, expresses an extravagant passion in laying the heavens’ embroidered cloths at the feet of the beloved. In the age of the Anthropocene, humanity’s impact is now so profound we must shiver at the terrifying vulnerability of the heavens in our hands. Set against a background of world migration, our studio looks closely at the Architecture and/of migration seen through the lens of the peripatetic exhibition. In a world where complex problems are treated with simplistic answers, we focus on treading softly and discovering the potential in what is already there. We created three exhibiting devices, receptive to their environments, serendipitous and stronger though interaction.
The City of Sankt Valentin in lower Austria asked us to design and build prototypes for 6 bus-stops in disparate areas lacking in reciprocity, they weave a common thread while assuming their identity as singular objects. They respond to particular requirements, on the micro-scale and that of the city and its inhabitants. This research project studies the exciting new technology of woven textile reinforcement. Offering myriad possibilities of form through folding and shaping, extremely strong, thin skins and the free movement and integration of data. With it, we will construct the fabric of place in Sankt Valentin and one of the first free-standing textile concrete structures in Europe.
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