On February 6, Graduate Architecture hosted a book launch for 57 Pavilions, an exciting retrospective of the Pavilion Project led by Associate Professor Andrew Saunders.
The book features recent work by 500-level MArch students and written contributions by PennDesign faculty. The project has since evolved to include a partnership with the Penn Museum.
57 Pavilions is a 21st-century manual documenting architectural design research at PennDesign examining new potentials for part to whole assemblies where experiments in material expression, morphology, performance and culture fuse with advanced digital design processes and fabrication to produce fullscale architectural consequences. Through the presentation of 54 half-scale pavilion projects and three full-scale pavilions a novel approach is laid out for generating higher ordered physical assemblies. The formations produce a new role of parts, material processes, and aggregations yielding a more autonomous character as discrete objects in a larger assembly. As the pavilion research moves into the world in full-scale installations, these new part-to-whole relationships provoke unexpected engagement with occupants, the environment, and the larger cultural context.
The panel discussion included:
Gordon Goff Applied Research + Design, ORO Editions, Goff Books
Sophie Hochhäusl Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory, PennDesign
Winka Dubeldam - Contributor Miller Professor and Chair of Architecture, PennDesign