-This past Friday suckerPUNCH’s Fresh Punch’s exhibition opened at the Land of Tomorrow Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. Biophili + Technophilia was on display amongst 18 other projects, including three built prototypes.
“When was the last time you got punched by design? Fresh Punches is an exhibition featuring the collision of experimentation and contemporary discourse in the work of American architecture students. Collected from the spring and fall semesters of 2011, the cutting-edge work exhibited features provocative explorations in technology, space, and materials. In this collection, architecture is contaminated by the likes of transmogrifications, strange sensations, primal textures, unfamiliar geometries, self-propagating architectural species, augmented atmospherics, vicissitudinous juxtapositions, reinvented building typologies, sensual pleated skins, a crisis or two, physiologically responsive interfaces, threshold blurring gizmos, and plenty of robots.
The show is comprised of 19 projects, selected through online voting that took place at suckerpunchdaily.com in the spring of 2012. A jury of architects, including Hernan Diaz Alonso, Aaron Betsky, Mark Gage, Greg Lynn, Michael Speaks, and Tom Wiscombe, selected three of the projects for full-scale prototype fabrication.
The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see the explorations of multiple schools in one location and survey the current state of research in American schools of architecture. The three finalists selected are Donovan Ballantyne with “(a) Ball,” Ivan Bernal with “Familiar Primitives,” and Ji-Young Yoon with “Hypostyle Hall: (Too) Many Columns.”
The esteemed faculty involved with the student projects to be exhibited includes: Erick Cárcamo, Lisa Iwamoto & Craig Scott, Michael Young, Lisa Tilder, Andrew Zago, Devyn Weiser, Sir Peter Cook, Elena Manferdini, Stephen Phillips, Francois Roche with Ezio Blasetti, Georgina Huljich, Perry Kulper, Kory Bieg, Sean Lally, Gabriel Esquivel, Michael Chen, and Jason Lee from institutions including SCI-Arc, Pratt Institute, Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Yale SOA, UCLA, University of Michigan, Cal Poly — San Luis Obispo, and Academy of Art University.”