The Reasons Offsite Architecture Exhibition, SUMMARY studio Porto
The Reasons Offsite by SUMMARY studio
Architecture Exhibition News in 2019
11 June 2019
The Reasons Offsite
an immersive experience through virtual reality, by SUMMARY studio
The Reasons Offsite is an exhibition on prefabricated and modular architecture. This project was displayed in Albania (at Tirana Architecture Week, September 2018) and at the United States of America (at Boston Society of Architects, March 2019). At this moment there are two upcoming editions, in Edinburgh and in Weimar, as part of the Bauhaus centenary celebration.
This curatorial project intends to organize, embody and share the research work that has been done by SUMMARY studio for the last three years, as a fundamental tool for its architectural practice. Simultaneously, several architects from the research and curatorial field cooperate in the development of this work, such as Pedro Alonso & Hugo Palmarola, Pablo Jimenez-Moreno, Jorge Christie & Martín Alvarez and Yona Friedman.
The exhibition’s goal is to create a radiography of the several stages of offsite architecture’s evolution, from the 17th century on, through a critical rather than historical point of view. The Reasons Offsite presents 25 buildings or building systems arranged into 5 groups – exploration, emergency situation, cost-optimization, technological statement and lifestyle paradigm – representing the main reason why each project was conceived for. The selection of these examples, including famous and anonymous architecture, was done avoiding judgments on topics such as aesthetics or economic success, and instead taking into consideration only the features that made those buildings precursors in the field of offsite construction.
This work displays the classical triptych of any architectural exhibition: images, texts and models. However, in this case, these elements are virtually presented. By using a VR Oculus Rift kit, the audiences are transported to a 20x20m virtual space where they can go through the exhibition, interact with the content and manipulate and rotate the models, to analyse them from every angle.
The virtual format allows exhibiting in an immaterial way. Thus, transferring the content and assembling/disassembling this exhibition doesn’t require shipping or installing physical objects, enabling a significant reduction of costs and the elimination of waste production. At the same time, it contributes to the flexibility of the exhibition. Due to its independence from the physical space, this work is adaptable to rooms with different dimensions and configurations. Somehow, this format is also related with its content – virtuality is an inherent characteristic of offsite architecture as it is produced in a certain place to be applied and used in a different location, in a different reality.
The contemporary context – the World’s increasing urban population in an unprecedented way, the growing need for immediacy based in an Uber/Ikea/AirBNB-like lifestyle and the level of technological sophistication we have reached – motivates The Reasons Offsite as a rediscovery of the concept of prefabrication, and as a means to understand its past and most of all envisaging its future.
During 2019, The Reasons Offsite will be in display at the Edinburgh College of Art, from June 20th to 30th, and at the Neufert box in Weimar, from September 28th to October 11th.
Project Name: The Reasons Offsite
Type: Architectural Exhibition
Pedro Ignacio Alonso & Hugo Palmarola
Jorge Christie & Martín Alvarez
Samuel Gonçalves (Principal/Founder)
Inês Rodrigues (Project Manager)
João Meira (Architect)
Borbála Papp (Architect)
Luca Sabbadini (VR programmer)
Supported by: Câmara Municipal do Porto
Left column (from top)
1 – Crystal Palace, London (UK). Photo: Philip Henry Delamotte / source: Smithsonian libraries
2 – All plastic house. Author: Ionel Schein. Photo © Popular Mechanics, Aug 1956 / open source: http://archive.org
3 – Kiosk K67. Author: Saša J. Mächtig. Photo Courtesy © MAO (Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana)
4 – Unité d’habitation, Berlin (Germany). Author: Le Corbusier. Philipp Mohr Design, photo courtesy © Didier Gaillard-Hohlweg
Right column (from top)
5 – Dymaxion House. Author: Buckminster Fuller. Photo courtesy © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller
6 – Maison Tropicale. Authors: Jean Prouvé, Henri Prouvé. Photo source/courtesy © WikiArquitectura.com
7 – CCA – Cancer Center Amsterdam (facade design), Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Author: MVRDV. Photo courtesy © MVRDV
photo © SUMMARY studio, Porto
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