Expanded Practice: Howeler and Yoon Architecture / MY Studio

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Princeton Architectural Press, Jul 14, 2009 - Architecture - 207 pages
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Rising stars in Boston's design scene, architects Eric Howeler and J. Meejin Yoon have in a single decade developed a reputation for radical experiments in architectural form. Their design methodology--what they call an "expanded practice"--combines intense research with interdisciplinary experimentation. Howeler and Yoon's sensational, competition-winning lighting entry for the 2004 Athens Olympics exemplifies their fearless approach: without any prior experience in public space interactive design, the firm constructed a luminous, interactive soundscape installation at the base of the Acropolis. White Noise White Light featured a field of semiflexible fiber-optic strands that emitted white light and white noise in response to the movement of pedestrians. The project, an enormous success, enchanted a multitude of visitors who moved amidst the cilia of light.

Expanded Practice presents twenty-nine recent projects by this young firm encompassing a broad range of scales and media. The projects, divided into distinct but often overlapping research themes, include a museum courtyard program inspired by the Voronoi cell-packing algorithm (PS1 Loop); an outdoor light installation featuring hovering cones that capture and interact with solar energy, rainwater, and sound (Hover); a garment designed to turn inside out as it unravels (Mobius Dress); and a landscape design that weaves technology and texture into an integrated and interactive landscape (Tripanel). Packed with drawings, diagrams, and photographs of each project's design process, Expanded Practice provides an inspirational look into one of the most exciting young firms working in architecture today.

 

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Contents

EXPANDED PRACTICE J MEEJIN YOON AND ERIC HOWELER
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REIMAGINING PROPINQUITY ANDREW PAYNE AND RODOLPHE ELKHOURY
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ENVELOPES
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KNOT A LOOP MOBIUS DRESS
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INNER LINER THREE DEGREES OF FELT
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TANGENT SURFACES PSl LOOP
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SURFACE INFLECTIONS LOOP CHAIRS
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BODY WRAPPERS TRIO
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PARALLEL PROCESS SKY COURTS
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INTERACTIONS
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INCORPORATING BOUNDARIES DEFENSIBLE DRESS
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BODY CONTORTIONS ENTASIS
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TOUCH SENSITIVE HI
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PERFORMING PRODUCTION HOVER
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ACTIVATED FIELDS WHITE NOISE WHITE LIGHT
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MEDIA
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THERMAL ENVELOPES HOTEL
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NATURES
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LIVE MEDIA PIXEL FIELD
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CUBIC YARDS OUTSIDE IN LOFT
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INFLECTED EASEMENT CLIFF STREET HOUSE
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ALLEE BRIDGE HOUSE
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FORMATS
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QUATRO LIBRI TRAVEL REPORTSPARATACTICSHYBRID CARTOGRAPHIESABSENCE
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POSTNUCLEAR PACKING TRIPLE HOUSE
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INTERLOCKED ZONING BUILDING 2345
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DOUBLE HELIX HAYDEN
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MULTIPLE SPANS NET XINGS
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NET RESOLUTION LOW
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WHITE OUT WHITE HOUSE WHITE SCREEN
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MEDIASCAPE MEDIA SPILL
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SPLIT PERSONALITIES MEADOWLANDS
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INFRA GREEN UNSOLICITED SMALL PROJECTS FOR THE BIG
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THE SUPERPRODUCERS FILIP TEJCHMAN
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WATCHING IT GROW BROOKE HODGE
201
PROJECT CREDITS
204
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND EXHIBITIONS
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BIOGRAPHIES
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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J. Meejin Yoon is an architect, designer, and educator. She received a bachelor of architecture from Cornell University and a masters of architecture in urban design with distinction from Harvard University. She is an associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founded MY Studio in 2000.

Eric H weler is a registered architect with fourteen years of experience in practice. He is currently a design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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