Civic Health


Impermanence in architecture is the symbiosis of physical displacement with interdependence, synergizing movement and building element with degrees of physical wellness.  The derivatives of which are about varied states of activity for the human body, the interaction of the human body with surfaces, and the increments of variation that define a range of motion when interacting with the environment.  Studies of the human body, both in motion and at rest, have yielded a means for chronicling participation with differing heights in surfaces upon which my physiographic studies of architecture are established.  Displacement, reconfiguration, and variation are constant themes in my study of these spatial logistics, which I limit to mobility, interaction, and shelter, therein associating the physical activities of people during exercise, play, and recovery with varied levels of physical assistance as provided by building elements.

My investigations of movement posit time as a continuous variable and less the discrete constant. I propose that when time is a constant we forego deformation and produce flatness irrespective of change or transition.  To a certain extent the constructability of flatness is akin to what I perceive as an absolute stop, whether vertical or horizontal, wherein objects are laden with absolute reason and permanence. I perceive this body of work as cyclical reasoning of the infinite number of points in time in which the later idealizes scripted sculptures that inherit their form from simulating the physical progressions of the body, redefined as points and lines, through a chambered building component. Sans-universality.

My philosophies on design and representation reflect on advancing the role of geospatial simulation and visualization in architecture, particularly in how it relates to investigations of spatial cognition and affordance.  I interpret representation and design thinking as one in the same, wherein the depiction of ideas in architecture is an iterative process of designation and decision making metered through image and by physical form.  I interpret the image in architecture as a series of constructed realities based on perception, fluid in their binding as a relationship between a viewer and their subject.  The framing of impermanence happens serendipitously through the filtering of properties of movement in series and the propositions depicting the articulation of interactivity, therein judging the synthesis of an idea through the analysis of select moments.  Though reflection on sequences, their depiction, and the process of fabrication I understand the agency of impermanence for both subject and situation in the creation of architecture.  It is within this interpretation that my work explores physical motion in architecture as a means of articulating and criticizing issues germane to the discipline through varied modes of interdependence with an environment.  Whether in the use of movies to frame obscure occupancies, or the collage of idiosyncrasies into a diaphanous way of seeing our own existence, it is my intent to develop the visual literacy of simulating movement.  In doing so, develop the individual capabilities of forming a narrative based on graphic techniques, and the ability to interrogate ideas through diagramtic means.  

I perceive architecture as an interdisciplinary regulation of knowledge; reflecting my interest in the role of motion, in picture and for objects, to resolve the physiology of spatial cognition in specific conditions.  As such, my theories on representation are the result of collaborative research into the kinesiology of figures, and the conditions for engaging these premises as mediums employing each concept to make true various fictions of inhabitation.  Querying the plausibility of exploitation as an accepted means of persuasion.  The applied research perceives both building components and their prime element as an incubator of formal agendas stimulated by social adjacencies, in which the charging of communal activities happening along the studied mitigate the physically interactive elements.  By investigating the particulars of contrasting philosophies on independence and social interdependence, the work is questioning the intentions of individualism in differing situations and the role of architecture in providing assistance. I am interested in how these affects in turn effect civic, the institutional, and the industrial situations, and how interstitial spaces are transformed through playful motion as a generator of form. 

Using civic mapping techniques to resolve informal adjacencies at differing scales, aspects of varying heights for physical assistance and shared conditions of assistance establish the bracketing of activity zones from ability and self-sufficiency in defining affordances in the propositions.  Addressing transitions across physical and social thresholds, mediating both the external perception of an object within its surroundings and the internal perception of emptiness as a charged void within an object.  Additionally, through cartographical acquisition of body movements during exercises, the subjective and objective (or trans-subjective) representations convey the significance of the space in between (inter-) and the activity, wherein the tectonics of point and line define experience.  

It is in this capacity that I perceive [im]permenance as the use of quantitative metrics, constraints, and guidelines germane to the profession, in querying human physiology, ability, and assistance as a means of improving environmental conditions.  It is through these filters of human-centered design and reflecting on urbanity that have furthered my research associations regarding axioms of physiology and health. Though this is not the only reference I have utilized in research or in practice, at this stage of my career I can look back and examine the value of this as a basis for my own work forward, and define parallel positions that I would like to present henceforth as my agenda.