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BUILDING | unBUILDING with Yolande Daniels
Monday, November 4, 2019, 4:30 PM
100 Rapson Hall
1 AIA Learning Unit

The understanding that the forms, spaces, environments and ecologies that we inhabit are all constructed has enabled Yolande Daniels to craft a practice that consists of both building and un-building in which the art of designing space, objects, and environments requires one to go beyond the surface and beyond the object. This work explores architectural objects and patterns at multiple scales that range from the spatial explorations of societal patterns that inform the design of objects and spaces, to the design of objects, to the patterning of object-surfaces.

Yolande’s practice as a co-founding partner of studioSUMO and independently bridges between the critique of form and form-making. The work of studioSUMO has revealed common themes and repeating motifs that have united the varied interests of the two partners. In her independent research, she has sought, through the practice of teaching and analyzing, and constructing to question the boundaries of architectural study and practice through architectural meditations on the relationship between subjects and space.

a) to address ethics in architecture through examples that illustrate the effect of implicit and explicit social and economic rules on spatial relationships and physical form;
b) to represent various ways that cultural phenomena may be spatialized;
c) to explore the effect of societal difference on architecture and the city;
d) to engage the question of how more equitable cities may be produced.

Please register for this session and include your AIA member number if you wish to receive credit for your attendance.

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