“The traditional role of architecture has been one of reassuring us that things are under our control, that is, stable and static. But it is quite another thing to think of all architecture ‘in tension’.” - Lebbeus Woods, 2004
The School of Architecture and Storrs Gallery present a new exhibition, Tensional Topography, with an opening reception on Monday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Featuring the work of Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture Jeffrey Nesbit and graduate design assistant Andrew Beres, Tensional Topography uses digital technologies to expand upon the investigations of experimental architect Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012).
Fascinated in particular by the impact of natural and man-made forces, such as earthquakes or war, on the built environment, Woods’s work presents architecture in a state of tension and transformation, rather than a state of stability. While Woods worked entirely in analog mediums and methods, creating drawings and models by hand, he acknowledged that the digital had become central to the practice – and the future – of architecture. Nesbit and Beres have used the digital to push Woods’s concepts even further, their sophisticated computations and experimentations producing a series of digitally fabricated prints, drawings, and models for the exhibition.
Tensional Topography will remain on view in Storrs Gallery through April 22.