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In 1990, Joe Tanney founded Resolution: 4 Architecture with Robert Luntz in New York. Since its inception, his ten-person office has been internationally published and highly acclaimed, completing projects in the residential, commercial, and public realms. Recent recognition includes the winning entry in the NCR International Design Competition for an amphitheater in Columbia, SC, called Nature's Theater; a New York AIA Award for a Manhattan-based internet company; a residence for the architect Peter Eisenman and his family; and the first place entry in the Dwell Home Design Invitational for a prefabricated home in Pittsboro, NC.
As Resolution: 4 Architecture's design principal, Tanney's preoccupations have included two-dimensional and three dimensional pattern making, ceilings as landscapes, and most recently, The Modern Modular by Resolution: 4 Architecture, a systematic methodology of design that attempts to leverage existing methods of prefabrication for residential construction. These efforts are an attempt to offer an option of sustainable 'Mass Customization' to the single-family housing market, thereby aesthetically and environmentally transforming the sub-urban fabric of the American domestic landscape, creating mini-power-plants throughout the country. Exhibited in the Walker Center of Art in Minneapolis, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Yale School of Architecture, MOCA in LA, MOMA in NY, and Bruce Mau's Massive Change traveling exhibition, The Modern Modular by Resolution: 4 Architecture has received numerous recognitions, including a 2005 American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum and a 2006 National AIA Housing Award for concepts in Innovative Housing.