ADV Studio V Marc Tsurumaki/2015.12
At least since the advent of modernism, efficiency has become a pervasive belief: From Le Corbusier’s machines for living in, Mies’ sculptural assembly of modern industrial materials, to the intertwining transportation network in the contemporary cities. There has been a spectrum of efficiency as the idea and formal generator for architecture. Principles of efficiency have been pervaded into every aspect of architecture and its design decisions, encompassing standardization of the construction industry and the application of biological science into building materials. If efficiency is an imperative in our contemporary culture as the bottom line of architectural production, what are the lost and what are the gains in the exchange? what if efficiency itself is a paradox? If efficiency involves the coupling of a maximum and minimum, what are the interesting outcomes that could happen, so the notion of efficiency can be generative rather than being a pure constraint? The project will look at how paradoxical efficiencies are embodied in architecture projects through examination with interrelated constraints.
--Studio Brief by Marc Tsurumaki