Providence, RI, Spring 2015
Instructor: Michael Leighton Beaman
Ka Hong Jonathan Ng, Irene Suyoun Kim, Jeremy Blasco
We often think of adaptation and reuse as the long-term and relatively stable re-purposing of an existing, under-utilized space, towards a new agenda. However our expectations, needs, and desires for change operate at various spatial and temporal scales, challenging this notion of adaptation and reuse. As the expectations, needs, and desires of the museum have evolved into immersive experiences that go beyond architecture to the transformation of existing spaces, the question presents new opportunities to re-think the act of adaptation. Working in tandem with the RISD Museum, this collaborative interdisciplinary studio re-programs and re-imagines its parameters, program and identity.
Our studio was held in the newly completed Co-Works lab, where we had access to all 3D printing, cutting, milling, and printing facilities. From a pedagogical standpoint, the usage of digital design and production methodologies that allow us to span from design concept to physical construction to interactive project documentation will provide a common ground for a cross-disciplinary approach to design practice.
The cloud is the accumulation of particles that creates a dynamic whole whose configuration changes from time to time. We designed two modules that creates a diversified yet unified store experience. The first module type is movable, which is located at the center of the store, while the second one is fixed and located at the back of the store. Base on the type of alumni artwork, the modules can be arranged differently to cater the needs for various display purposes of all majors at RISD, thus promotes a sense of unity.