Coming Soon! Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature (Princeton Architectural Press, March 2015) is close to being released. We are really excited to see the volume reviewed on Architect Magazine's website. The volume, a collaboration between Transmaterial author and materials expert Blaine Brownell and Marc, explores the process of working with nature—rather than against it or in a way that only emulates it—to enhance the performance of a technology or design. Blair contributed research and core diagrams to the book and the forward was written by Michael Weinstock of the AA. Click on the images to see the review.
From permanent installations to temporary structures, perhaps no area of design reflects our current cultural disposition more than the design of space itself. This year's submissions for the Interiors & Exhibitions category of the 2014 Core77 Design Awards did a fantastic job of reminding us of the many ways it can be interpreted. It goes unsaid that an architecture school has to be housed within a memorable structure. The University of Minnesota School of Architecture looked to HouMinn Practice to give them a front office worthy of a few photo ops.
We are excited to announce that our variable vacuum forming project (VarVac) was awarded a 2014 R&D Award from Architect Magazine. The VarVac Wall is an ornamental, acoustically absorptive wall installed at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. Juror Bill Kreysler was enthralled (with our entry). "It’s huge,” he said. “Forty percent of the cost of making a panel is just creating the shape. Taking that whole issue of cost out of the equation is a big breakthrough.”
HouMinn is proud to announce that Marc has been named head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota
(way to go Marc!).
Here is part of the press release:
(Marc) has served as the director of the University's Master ofArchitecture program since 2012 and is the co-founder of HouMinn Practice, which focuses on full-scale prototyping of lightweight, responsive, and digitally pre-fabricated construction systems. He received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati and his M.Arch from Rice University.
"The discipline of architecture is undergoing tremendous change," says Swackhamer. "Schools must quickly and nimbly adjust to those changes, yet remain clear and stable with regards to the disciplinary core of the profession. I envision a program that will lead the discipline through a dynamically changing landscape, while simultaneously clarifying and stabilizing the long-held skills that distinguish architecture from other fields of study."
Swackhamer is succeeding Renee Cheng, who served as head from 2004-2014, and will step down on July 1 to assume a new leadership role as associate dean for research at the College of Design.