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The Gwangju Swarms installation by NADAAA was designed as part of the Urban Folly Exhibit, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale. The installation site is characterized by a road crossing with a diverse set of scales and building types that anchor each corner, a site in transition. Inhabiting this corner, the installation is chameleonic; encrytped within the logic of the branches, a seemingly animated structure floats overhead, peeking around the corners giving body to the space that was once occupied by the city wall. Its width does not display the possibility of an intervention of any scale or gravitas. Its ground is strewn with infrastructure: electrical posts, sewer connections, street lights, and other technical paraphernalia that refute the possibility of inhabiting or redefining the ground. In turn, the street edge is defined by a row of trees, delicately placed within the remaining spaces such that their roots may find some traction as they navigate the corner.

Our project, then, is lodged in that interstitial space, between the ground and the sky, enmeshed in the natural space of the trees. Making use of a method of reverse casting, the form of the pavilion is defined by geometrically precise formwork that is then filled by randomly intersecting steel rods which transition from the linearity of a column to the more horizontal geometry of the floating mass above.

Architect: NADAAA
Location: Gwangju, South Korea
Principal in Charge: Nader Tehrani
Project Coordinators: Ryan Murphy, Sarah Dunbar
Project Team: Katherine Faulkner, Kevin Lee, Harry Lowd, Tom Beresford, Sina Mesdaghi, Mehdi Alibakhshian, Carolina Yamate, Aminah Alkanderi, Rawan Al-Sane
Local Architects: Homin Kim (poly.m.ur, Seoul); Jung-chul Shin (President, Architect Design Group Co., Ltd., Gwangju)


Oh Joy!

Guerilla Creative Collective ‘Kut’ Brings Unexpected Weather to the Streets of RigaOh Joy!

A Latvian group that goes by the name Kut who describes themselves as “a creative collective consisting of filmmakers, musicians, artists, politicians and cats,” recently undertook an action on the streets of Riga called “Oh Joy!” where the group brought nature to the city and made the weather change unexpectedly. Aside from the few “Oh dear god what is this stuff all over me” moments, it looks like most people enjoyed it quite a bit. Love the editing. (viavimeo)

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