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+FARM Summer Studio: Tactical Tectonics at Silo City
Register/Submit: Saturday, May 03, 2014

UPDATE: The new application deadline is Saturday, May 3rd at 11:59pm.

+FARM is excited to announce our 2014 August Studio at Silo City: Buffalo, NY working directly with Rigidized Metals Corporation and the Rigidized Fab-Team to design, fabricate, and construct a new multi-level/ programmable Culture Shelter around the existing silos. The concrete silos stand at the convergence of design, engineering, and material practice, and are becoming the cultural identity of the city of Buffalo.  Studio participants will work directly onsite collaborating in an iterative design process that explores a tactical tectonic logic that will result in constructing a multi-use shelter.  Ten applicants selected from an open call will work directly with professional craftsmen, fabricators, architects, digital specialists, educators, and Rigidized Metals Fab-Team exposing the participants to emerging design, computation, fabrication, material and construction practices in the field of architecture.  In this pioneering summer studio at Silo City, the focus is on synthesizing experimental design tactics of spatial, structural, and material ordering integrated through material and fabrication technologies.  Potentially providing the foundations for a new architectural language across the site, the Culture Shelter has broad implications for the future of Silo City.

During this 10-day studio, participants will live in downtown Buffalo while taking part in a fast-paced hands-on collaborative process. Participants will engage in all aspects of the project realization including iterative design sessions, focused discussions, full-scale prototypes, group presentations (to the Owner of Silo City) and technical investigations into a final built project.  Prototypes and final components will be built and evaluated with material experts from Rigidized Metals.  The studio will conclude with participants presenting the completed pavilion to the Rigidized Metals for a public ribbon cutting and celebration.

Silo City is a 16 acre industrial, nature, waterfront site in downtown Buffalo used by various user groups across the arts/design/creative communities.  The Culture Shelter must consider this highly collaborative relationship to navigate the emerging cultural paradigm to engender a new architectural practice.  Considering the uniqueness of the site, and the project, +FARM is excited to participate and explore the potential for a cultural transformation.

Summer Studio: August 6-16th, 2014
Applications Due: May 3rd, 2014 at 11:59pm (UPDATED!)

For more information and to apply, please visit our website: http://www.plusfarm.org/2014-tactical-tectonics-workshop/

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