DJA set out to explore the flower vase as an aggregated set of objects allowing for tight floral compositional arrangements or loose indeterminate floral arrays. The object itself is an exploration of rapid prototyping with some of the smaller vases set to be directly outputted to high end 3d print (simulated plastic) and the larger ones to be 3d printed as molds for porcelain. The objects are shaped with ergonomics in mind but, toy with erotic symbolism and never forget the role flowers often play in romantic pursuits.
This project wonders about the architectural folly and mass produced backyard icon: the gazebo. This object, evolving from a point of visual splendor to capture the gaze of the viewer in a landscape, has moved from the picturesque to the ridiculous. It is the venue for backyard wedding receptions and hosted pool parties but more often than not it stands empty as a reminder of a general lack of beauty in the sub-urban landscape. Visual attention should be paid here but there is nothing to see. There is nothing to do. An intense distaste for this object (and type) compelled us to design one. With something firmly posited in the territory of the useless the only thing to do is make it useful. From futility to (f)utility. In this case we overwrote the object with the values of 'greenness' and energy production. We did this not so much to solve problems, though perhaps it does, as to give traction and direction to the thing. Moreover, we strived to amplify issues of utility beyond mere use. We strived to foster strangeness and to once again capture the gaze and engage the imagination.
The work on the soundfield doors is the first in a series of investigations we are referring to as environmental augmentations. In this series we are interested in exploring parametric software and contemporary fabrication techniques to amplify responses to rather prosaic architectural problems. In a way there is an intended misuse of the software. We are aiming off center from the strictly performance driven solution and certainly away from pure optimization, towards excess and strangeness with a bizarre alibi.