david erdman syracuse urban mass design
In this lecture, David Erdman will describe how he has been exploring innovative methods of massing through projects he designed and completed with davidclovers*and briefly allude to the origins of this approach through his work with servo* and as a Rome Prize Fellow*. The lecture will focus on aspects of massing as it relates to “pressurizing,” “thickening” and “mediating” architectural space. By recapitulating “mass production” as the literal “production of mass,” Erdman will outline how digital/physical modeling, and fabrication processes pressurize the high contrast between materials, programs and geometries in various projects. Slowing down mediums (like lighting) and mass media (like graphic design) to the point of materiality, Erdman will also elaborate on how these projects “mass (verb) media” – each subject bilaterally placing pressure on “architecture” to speed up while placing pressure on “media” to slow down. The lecture will contextualize all of this through the lens of having completed work amid the growing pressures of designing architecture within Asia and his perspective on that experience after repatriating to the US as the Chair of Graduate Architecture at Pratt.
Erdman, David, "Under Pressure" (2017). School of Architecture Lectures Series. 186.
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