Spring 2019, Arch 100D – Napa Pipe: Territory of Enclosure
Architecture at the intersection of industry and agriculture — designing productive enclosures at Napa Pipe. In this studio, we find ourselves in less familiar territory, beyond the urban and before the wilderness, in a hinterland where industry, agriculture, and infrastructure combine. In the past and into the future, this territory has been persistently shaped by large-scale production and distribution: quarried stone, steel pipe, espalier grapes. These industries have their own embedded ways of building and beautiful logic of material efficiency. Despite the specific material and tectonic richness of the territory, their architectural present and future are tilt-up, big box, and production homes, with thin and inert enclosures. One of the greatest flaws of the quotidian contemporary building is that the envelope—the wall, the roof, the floor—produces nothing. Can enclosure be more productive? Could it grow, house, sleep, store, ferment, drain, ventilate, communicate, illuminate, store, distribute, and produce an experience? Productive materialism is the new expressionism.