Some Photos

Monday, March 4, 2014 7:49 PM Posted by Joseph Pierre

I have photos of some adventures so far. DOWNLOAD

Uncanny Evolution: the Dark Ecology Museum

Monday, November 5, 2015 7:12 PM Posted by Joseph Pierre

“To exist, to reach equilibrium, life seeks to multiply and vary constantly at times giving up its life. Cells continue the process of death and regeneration being constantly reborn as they age. And when it comes time to die, all the data it possesses is lost leaving behind only its genes and its offspring. All defense against catastrophic failure of an inflexible system.” –Ghost in the Shell 1995

This conundrum viewed through the lens of Timothy Morton is being born ‘out of phase’ with our own existence. Humanity has an uncanny relationship with the Hyperobjects we’ve catalyzed. Very literally, at a site east of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the ecosystem is in recoil from such an event. The abandoned geographies created in proximity to the incident have an uncanny relationship to the scale (time-wise) of the disaster. Because 1 human lifetime is not enough for the landscape to completely recover, a more appropriately scaled companion to the process would be an architectural intervention.

The necessity of labs in the proximity of the plant is straightforward: to observe the reaction of the ecosystem and apply research to the rehabilitation effort. The public, with less understanding than the scientists, require an exhibit of the destruction, preservation, and amplification of the natural scenery and flora/fauna therein. The beauty of the human brain is that we are only born out of phase, and by learning about our environment we effectively expand how big “our environment” is. The DEM dissolves the Hyperobject and feeds it back to the inhabitants. We must remember though that we are only seeing through a glass, and darkly.

A deployable frame and folding barrier contain the building. Redeploying across the landscape as political/safety boundaries recede, the trail of its progress is marked by a funicular rail system growing from 0m to 17km over the span of the project. The DEM navigates the peaks and valleys of the surrounding area, changing its position over time in order to observe the variety of environments local to the disaster. The progress of the DEM’s deployment drives curatorial content much like the Guggenheim Lab, if it were set at the end of an abandoned mountain parkway.


Monday, March 4, 2014 7:49 PM Posted by Joseph Pierre

Remember that dorky girl in 4th grade who went to Europe over the summer with her family and then came back in 5th having gone through puberty in its entirety and looking completely different? You know, the one with the hot mom who she totally takes after and it’s only just now become noticeable? Yeah that’s Shenzhen, and the mother is Hong Kong. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Shenzhen was (it’s more like 20 years, but that’s beside the point. Go read the Wikipedia if you want cursory details like that). The city of Shenzhen exhibits very well exactly what is happening to China as a whole: the rapid growth, the industrialization, the creation of community and culture that has exclusively been imported over the last two-three decades. The relevance of this type of urbanization to our studio was immediately evident, being a ‘knock off’ of every Chinese city. Because it developed so quickly, there wasn’t a contextual influence of the immediate area to shape Shenzhen. Rather, it was China as a whole (with of course, some western flavor) that cast its mold. These are among the reasons for why the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture was held here. One site is in a repurposed glass factory with amazing interiors that resemble a mixture of elements from the industrial revolution, Vesuvius’ destruction of Pompei, and a museum from the movie Tron. I bet Gordon Matta-Clark would be proud of what became of this place. It is a great distillation of the Shenzhen spirit, a place where “Human drive creates value”*, that some architects conveniently displayed as a Biennale.
*:Ole Bouman, creative director of the 5th Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture Shenzhen.

Hong kong

Monday, February 10, 2014 4:19 PM Posted by Joseph Pierre

Hong Kong is a Vibrant, Expensive, Teeming, Exotic center of the world. The flora is tropical, the people are a diverse mix of eastern and western influence, and the Architecture is growing like some field tilled by a greedy farmer. The view is astounding (even if it was raining most of the time) My favorite view of the city is this, where its walls are the lush mountains that hide the buildings beneath the clouds. I got to this vista by means of a service path to a water main that ultimately led nowhere. Stay tuned, more cities to come.

Website Launch

Friday, January 31, 2014 4:19 PM Posted by Joseph Pierre

This is my website, which is currently under construction. I learned Dreamweaver 3 days previous to this post, and have since had a lot of fun discovering its capabilities.

I will be leaving for China to study abroad at Tongji University on the 4th of February, 2014 and will attempt as best as possible to continue updating as my overseas adventure unfolds.

I don't have much else to say, so I put my translation of bohemian rhapsody below.

Estne vera vita?

estne iam somnium

Captivus in lapsus, no fuga e veritates.
Tolle lumen, ad caelum specta et io!
Sum modo pauper, nolo paetatem- facilis
Veneo, abeo, brevis alto brevis non.
Iens via venti, non vere refert ad me,
Ad me...

(piano ludens)

Mater, necavi eum
Pistolio institi, ursit chele, periit.
Mater, lux modo coepit,
Sed nunc ii iactavi omnia.

Mater, ooh,
Nul adigere fletes,
Hi sum non revenisset tempore cras,
Procede! Procede, quasi nihil vere refert.

Serus, tempus adest,
Mittit vexae trans spinam,
Corpus angens, aeternam.
Valete omnibus, eundum est,
Ego reliquendum et sciendum est.

Mater, ooh (iens via venti),
Noli perire,
Nunquam natus essem cupio plur.

(Guitar ludens)

Video brevis adumbarum hominis,
Scaramouche! Scaramouce, movebone Fandango?
Tonituras Fulmenque,
Vere vere terrentes me.
(Galileo) Galileo
(Galileo) Galileo
Galileo Figaro

Sum modo pauper, nemo amat me.
Est modo pauper, misera radice de,
Parce ei vita iniuria.

Facilis veneo, liberabisne?
Bismillah! No, non liberabimus (Libera!)
Bismillah! Non liberabimus (Libera!)
Bismillah! Non liberabimus (Libera!)
Non liberabimus (Libera!)
Numquam numquam libera.
Numquam libera.
Non non non non non non non-
Eheu mama mia mama mia (mama mia libera)
Beelzibub habet diobolos en mihi, mihi, mihi!

(Guitar ludens)

Putasne posse me lapidare conspuere?
Putasne posse me amare relinquere?
Oh, cara, notest hic ad me cara.
Exiendum est, exiendum est ex loco.

(Oh, ita, oh vero)

Numquam vere refert,
Aliquis vident,
Numquam vere refert,
Numquam vere refert ad me...

Iens via venti...

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