Assistant Professor of Architecture Neyran Turan’s architecture and design firm, NEMESTUDIO, received honorable mentions in Architect’s Newspaper’s 2017 Best of Design Awards in the digital architectural representations category for two conceptual works: “Middle Earth: Dioramas for the Planet” and “New Cadavre Exquis.”
Middle Earth: Dioramas for the Planet
“Middle Earth: Dioramas for the Planet” tackles the question of architectural representation in relation to climate change. The project imagines a natural history museum that contains large scale dioramas that each displays a specific problem brought by climate change taking place at the “middle of the earth,” i.e., around the equator, the earth’s zero-degree latitude: the melting of the icebergs, deforestation in Brazil and Indonesia, plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean, sand mining in Singapore, and the e-waste dump sites in Ghana. Rather than limiting the role of climate change for design to a problem to solve, the project speculates on architecture as a measure against which the world might be read.
New Cadavre Exquis
“New Cadavre Exquis” speculates on architecture’s materiality in the context of digital accumulation. The project consists of four architectural assemblies, which are created via a sampling process of digital readymades ranging from everyday objects, building elements, primitive forms and natural features from the 3D Warehouse—an online open source digital library of more than 2 million 3D models. While depicting the formation of an architectural project from the accumulation of digital excess from the 3D Warehouse to the building material debris, the project positions architectural materiality within a time span from construction, maintenance, ruination, demolition, and waste. Critically reflecting on our culture’s addiction to accumulation, New Cadavre Exquis re-stages the making of digital images as part of architecture’s materiality. It builds alternative linkages between architecture, digital media, and materiality, and opens up a range of aesthetic and political concerns for architectural and public imagination.
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