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Misprision

Wrestling with the Canon: The Big Middle

Related Staff : Nanako Umemoto

Instructor: Nanako Umemoto

The studio initially focused on the analysis and creative “misreading” of a canonical 20th century pavilion by one of the Modern architectural masters. Through this analysis a single feature or trait was extracted from the pavilion. These extracted traits were then transformed through a series of operations and processes of complex repetition and then utilized in the design of a new pavilion. For the final project, students used the new pavilion as a ‘design model’ to develop a middle scale building with a new program and site.

The virtues of the pavilion typology are its flexibility, relative simplicity, and its historical capacity to embody a comprehensive set of architectural concepts within essentially a single envelope. It has served both as the test bed par excellence for the architects’ most radical imaginings and as a model for larger structures with more complex programs. In the pavilion, program considered in terms of use remains relatively flexible and may house a wide range of programs of like scale with equal ease. The studio intended to shift the emphasis away from issues of use and towards programs for new relationships between ornament, structure, tectonics, and material effects. A single space need not be a homogenous space. Another aim of this studio was to explore complex repetition as a way of developing a space that is varied yet coherent and has the capacity to create a wide range of ambient conditions due to the modulation of repetitive elements through creative misreading in the process of misprision.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE