UK/CoD Professors Scroggin and Takebayashi receive ASCA merit award
July 7, 2014 | School
UK/CoD Assistant Professors of Architecture, Jason Scroggin and Akari Takebayashi [DOTS] received a special merit award at the 2014 ACSA/AIK International Conference: OPEN CITIES held June 21-23 in Seoul, South Korea for their project "Massimals: Interactive Assembly Models.” The project was included in the Research + Design Project Exhibition held during the conference at Ewha Womans University. Additionally, the project will be published in a catalog post-conference. Pritzker Prize winning architect Toyo Ito was the keynote speaker for the event.
Jason attended and presented the work at the conference. The project, Massimals, is a set of 1:1 design objects that serve as prototypes to examine how physical form can engage the public realm. These constructs are abstractions of animal forms built in the manner of massing studies produced in an architectural design practice. Like massing models, they are volumetric, devoid of details, and fabricated from one material such as chipboard, polystyrene foam, and foam core. The suggestive forms and their specific arrangement imply docile behavior similar to animals in a petting zoo augmenting the way visitors approach and engage built form.