SCI-Arc design faculty Tom Wiscombe of Los Angeles-based Tom Wiscombe Design participates in the “COLD War COOL Digital” symposium hosted this week by Pratt Institute. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, this symposium moderated by Pratt professor Catherine Ingraham explores the technical, aesthetic, and political aspects of prototyping and pre-construction in architecture.
Mass Painting Pavilion, Tom Wiscombe Design, MOCA, A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California, Los Angeles, 2013 (upcoming show)
Alongside Wiscombe, symposium panelists include: Adrian Forty of the Bartlett School of Architecture; James Garrison of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Hugo Palmarola Sagredo of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; and Pedro Ignacio Alonso of Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Moving beyond mechanistic thinking and minimalist tendencies, Tom Wiscombe Design advances the notion that the beauty of architecture resides in simultaneity, hybridity, and part-to-whole relations, models for which can be found in biology and the natural world. Its work collapses parts into heterogeneous wholes through fusing, pressing, and embedding, creating rich, irreducible relationships across assumed architectural hierarchies and categories.
Earlier this week, Wiscombe lectured on his work part of the spring 2013 public lecture series at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.