CAGES / LOGGING Miguel Guitart / Christopher Romano – Opening reception

  • CAGES / LOGGING Miguel Guitart / Christopher Romano - Opening reception

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  • Cages is the result of a research architectural studio at the University at Buffalo Architecture Department that explored qualities
    of material boundaries and enclosing conditions that relate structure and skin, establishing critical connections between
    the natural and the artificial in the material experience. Through the production of wooden structures with considerations
    of matter, fabrication, form and emotion, the research explored operations of transverse physical and visual relationships
    that promoted critical thinking in terms of active perception and spatial construction between an inside and an outside. The
    proposals had no specific site, but were required to contemplate a basic program based on a one-person space for inspiration
    and isolation. Cages was an attempt to embrace the connections between wood, craft, space and emotion.
    Logging shows a research architectural seminar at the University at Buffalo Architecture Department that examined material
    origins and the ethics of material consumption as it pertains to wood construction. The research enacted the process of how
    a tree becomes a log and then timber, wood prepared for use in building or carpentry. Most of the technological innovations
    surrounding the logging industry have been attempts to standardize the material. That is, to kill the plant so it will behave and
    perform in a predictable and consistent manner. As a counterpoint to this historical trend, the exploration aimed to embrace
    the living, unpredictable, and irregular features inherent to all trees, and design experiments that attempt to capitalize on
    these eccentric qualities. The research was an attempt to rekindle the omnipresent relationship between people and wood.
    Cages / Logging composes two parallel narratives that explore the processes by which nature becomes a material space
    charged with intellectual emotion. From the exploration that compels us to search for the natural sources that will provide
    us with our building materials, to the actual manufacturing of the skin that protects us from that same environment, Cages / Logging offers a unique vision of the privilege and responsibility that we have in the design of our spaces.
    The exhibition will be on view until March 31, 2019.

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