not a bad idea. i guess if people hate each other enough to not share a regular pullout. plus it flips.
mobelform doc sofabed [padstyle]

courtesy geekologie.com


frog spawn-tastic

“SuperFoam” Seating by Rich Gilbert
courtesy cubeme.com/blog


an abstract about forces, go ahead and laugh

not really about forces, but i know a few of you who will get a kick out it

ARCH 614: Limits of Legibility

Amy Westermeyer

Reconsidering the Systematic Field: Indexical Hierarchical System Logic

Abstract: The logic-based system is not focused on a field for insertion, but on a logic that results in a specific field. This is not an affected field but an affected logic permeating outward from content centers in a hierarchical connective manner. It is a complex system with stressed and unstressed moments. The architect has more control than in a limited field.

A system doesn’t produce architectural form in the Eisenman sense; in a system content dictates form, the logic of the system, the application of the system. The system is also a break from the field. The system doesn’t start with the unadulterated field; through adaptable logic applied to a set of unique conditions a dynamic field RESULTS. This allows for more severe intensification. The limited field is restrictive, the applied system allows for specific hierarchy and multiplication of reaction. The applied system allows for specified reactions at all points, there are no unintentional moments. The architect controls the reactions through rules/logic. The system is responsive to unique needs of program. It is a strict analysis and manipulation of relationships; the solution answers the architectural problem, eases use, performs, evokes response to spatial conditions, etc. The logic is not arbitrary but a successful tool. It holds potential for all hypothetical conditions, but is tight enough that the logic is understood and some restraint is placed on form/reaction/interaction. The syntax is informative; it is an engrained way-finding system. Banham suggests, “That the form grasped by the eye should be confirmed by experience of the building in use”. In system architecture, the user immediately understands the guiding logic, but not the entire building at once as Banham suggests. The user is then surprised at moments, but not confused; the building continues to be experiential. Moments of difference in the logic mark threshold; the user is informed and becomes more aware of the logic. Users need containment and a sense of direction, therefore logic embedded in the form must inform the user of directionality and program.

The form represents indexical logic, not indexical process. An index is a trace or indication of what is absent, a process marker. The form created by the system is a logic marker; one can understand the original logic and how introduced content transformed it. It is not a focus on how it was made but how it adapted. This reveals the dynamic temporal quality of the network. Time is essential, the logic must have the potential to adapt/morph.

In this logic, there is a focus on local and not global connection and reaction; however there is still a unifying global logic. Architecture is a framework for use. The framework must be hierarchical and provide opportunity for distinctive local conditions. It is primarily concerned with the connectivity and interaction a building allows. It is not necessarily “one after the next”, it is a more hierarchical network. Local relationships are what the logic address, but the focus is relative proximity, not sequence. The field logic is three-dimensional, which allows for this hierarchy of content and connection, and not planar and restrictive two-dimensional. Stan Allen states, “The field describes a space of propagation, of effects. It contains no matter or material points, rather functions, vectors, and speeds.” This is program connection. The logic is about relationships, the in-between. The logic understands the influence of content on the system, on other content, the strain on adjacent relationships, and hierarchical reactions. Allen again states that, “a complete examination of the implications of field conditions in architecture would necessarily reflect the complex and dynamic behavior’s of architecture’s users.” Spaces and volumes are ordered to necessities of daily life; the user is the driving factor.

The system understands human association of spatial tendencies. It does not use signs but relies on the human understanding of architectural space (narrow, expanding, elevation); it relies on the experiential.

The programmatic elements are simply parts; they are initially non-relational. However, they affect the connective logic, they are part of the logic, and significantly affect the space between. They are not parts in an object but influences on a system. Their influence on the system will not disrupt the system (render it altered beyond recognition); it will enhance the reading of the logic, make the logic more pronounced.

System architecture is anti-beauty. This does not mean final form is hideous, it means the attention is primarily on function and connection, and the form being a result. The result can be beautiful if the logic is well conceived. Content dictates form, not form dictates content placement, function. There is no iconic intent; interior use is the focus: function, flow, experience. Form is essentially guts with a protective shell, an exoskeleton. Form exists only to inform the user of the logic.

The system is based in reality, in existing conditions. The final form is not predictable because local conditions cause different reactions. There is no preconceived solution; the solution comes from interaction with the real. There are only preconceived notions of experience/interactions; the architect must anticipate these interactions to create the logic. Simple logic is more adaptable and less likely to become compromised. The interaction of affected logics based on site and program distribution reveals moments of clustering; the mutation and collision of affected logics results in a unique moment, yet retains syntax. Mutations and irregularities stay localized; they are able to morph back into the “field logic” because they are a mutation of the set logic. The system must be of an adaptable and proliferating logic, as content/program have an expiration date. Addition of new content does not destroy the system; it is an adaptable organism.

Because the reactions are based on specific unique local conditions, because the logic was conceived to allow for specified mutation, it resists the trap of becoming a repetitive mundane system. It allows for variance, and for variance to interact with other variance in proximity and continue mutation and unique interaction. It allows for hierarchy, scale, speed (program=slow vs. connection=fast), and a semi-permanence of spatial conditions (temporal but specific). System logic adds coherency but doesn’t restrict to repetition. It is a framework for opportunity, multiple reactions, mutations. It creates architectural space, unique place.


slo mo

strangely inspired to shoot things...


midterm review

working in partners, we were asked to take our concept from the "shape" case-study exercise, and apply it to a given program, a technical arts high school in midtown houston.

these are our boards. we were interested in floor plates, their repetition, horizontality, and how reduction of a plane could create volume and connection, with relation to a constrictive envelope.

review went well, we are excited for the next step.


not a a huge fan of the pastels, but i like the video editing



i want a pair/am inspired to create my own
by London architect Julian Hakes

a treat

what designer wouldn't want these??
by artist Nico189 PANTONECANS®



i want to sit in it, it screams comfort. inspired by hotel guests clothing.

the traveler by ODA architecture

courtesy of design milk


we were asked to take our case study and morph it into an instance system that reacts to large and small program and respective circulation.

we chose to continue with the "instance" of the floor plate, and the use of simple successive cuts to create different conditions that react and adapt to a yet unspecified program.

the goal throughout the exercise was to maintain the articulation of the floor plates.

case study

aqua tower by studio gang
chicago, il

in the typical studio format, we were asked to analyze an existing building. the focus of the analysis is the manipulation of the facade topography based upon exterior views.


lampshades 'recession style'

cheap, easy to make (though im sure liqui design would rather you buy theirs)

reminds me of halloween.

ink time.

the ink moves one day at a time, plug in a new color each month. you know you want one.
by oscar diaz



interesting concept. either this person lays out only in this shirt, or wears it everyday. will lead to later skin spot art...
by Yu-Chiao Wang


this is a hip little house by Kavellaris Urban Design. the lot was located in a historic victorian neighborhood. this was their response.
"the ornamental facades dictate a neighborhood character instead of responding to it."


i'm back

ok, now that summer is over, i will be back with more posts.  i am now a MARCH student at Rice University, so new posts will be a focus on the program, as well as mindless posts about nothing in particular. enjoy.



my next project, cardboard awesomeness. here's some inspiration.

dress for graduation

graduation is almost here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


here are the dresses i want to wear. has to be UK(ish) blue :)



i think its a stool. and its yellow :)
sebastion jansson


the grass wheel

the eco-friendly human hamster wheel. sweetness+relevent

"provides a comfortable, shoe-free mode of eco-transportation in the concrete jungle"

by David Gallaugher, Kevin James, and Jacob Jebailey of the Dalhousie School of Architecture


the continuous enclave

nice project.

M.Arch Thesis Project by Viktor Ramos @Rice


rice. cornell. penn. i just dont knowwwwwwww.



table form

this is the form of my table for my flyash concrete fabrication seminar. i will be pouring it section by section and using epoxy to glue it together it out. not sure how well it well turn out!

superfly stairs

YTL Residence by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku


INSANE||but cool

^^^^^^^i want these^^^^^^^
miu miu peep toe

i would break my neck. one day, due to my failed architectural career, i will design these things.


concrete is IT

hand made rings made from concrete and stainless steel

we should make these in our concrete fabrication class!

by 22 design studio, taiwan



budapest "L" shoulder bag

made from 8 punctured inner tubes


Ed Westwick+Helena Christiansen

oh my!!!

in this month's harper's bazaar