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Myung Duk Chung | Food for Thought
Start Date: 3/15/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 3/15/2018End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description:

Body of Architecture: softness vs hardness

Today, the conventions of architectural structural systems are largely built off of a 5,000 years old model. Most of conventional buildings required much maintenance, did not make efficient use of raw materials, and depended on gravity for strength. They are largely rigid systems in pursuit of stability and permanence. But architecture faces to variable society phenomenon that requires flexible structure in response to a number of the spatial changes. From a design perspective, we have not solved structure.

The lecture is to introduce a malleable platform for structural prototyping as well as diverse media in various scale. Through a rigorous tectonic integration of masonry and fabric formwork, the experiment explores the strictures of structural convention, politics of production, and Cartesian space. Historically, masonry technique has been a form of serial reproduction, a means to produce identical components at certain scale while fabric formwork is producing unique artifacts in an artisanal mode of production. The aim of this particular topic is to investigate the benefit of the standardized control of masonry to inform the nascent field of fabric formwork. How can fabric from-work be performative? How can industrial products be expressive?

Bio of Presenter

Myung Duk Chung is a visiting researcher-in-residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.). He is researching new techniques of fabric formwork and its convergence with diverse medium. His interest is in co-merging softness and hardness, exploring new ways to fabricate various objects. From toy making to large installation and web-based platforms, he explores flexible materials as a malleable platform. He received Master degree of Architecture from MIT.

Location Information:
University of Manitoba - Fort Garry - John A. Russell Building  (View Map)
84 Curry Place
Winnipeg, MB
Room: Centre Space

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