We are extremely pleased to announce the WINNING ENTRY for the TEX-FAB APPLIED: Research through Fabrication competition. A total of 68 entries from across the globe representing 17 countries on 4 continents were narrowed down to 4 finalists of which the jury consisting of Nader Tehrani, Andrew Kudless, Branko Kolarevic, and Vlad Tenu conferred and decided the winning project that is to be built for the TEX-FAB Event in Dallas next Spring, 2013.
Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy
The final jury convened at the ACADIA 2012, Synthetic Digital Ecologies conference in San Francisco to deliberate over the 4 finalists whose work was exhibited in the expansive nave of the California College of the Arts building. The jury, made up of preeminent members in the field comments on the potential of the 4 designs suggesting that all the design proposals represented thoughtful and meritorious research.
The work by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy, Cast Thicket, received all around agreement from the jury that it in the words of Branko Kolarevic, developed ‘geometry that is compelling’. Vlad Tenu, winner of the previous competition with Minimal Complexity, whose work was exhibited at the University of Houston College of Architecture added, ’I think the principal is really good’. Andrew Kudless’ suggestion that at this stage the work was a ‘proto-prototype’ or in Nader Tehrani’s words is in a state of ‘pre-mock-up mock-up’, the jury concluded it needed additional work and would ’benefit from another series of iterations’, per Branko Kolarevic. Strong opinions resounded in favor of the proposal with Nader Tehrani stating ’that Cast Thicket is the only one I would be interested in seeing in that context’, given the overall goals of the competition brief, he continued, ‘I believe that the Cast Thicket can be calibrated to succeed and incredibly well.’
Over the next 4 months, Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy will further their proposal in collaboration with TEX-FAB to be installed in February at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.
Kenneth Tracy is a designer and fabrication specialist teaching at Washington University’s Graduate School of Architecture. In 2010 Tracy co-founded Yogiaman Tracy Design with Christine Yogiaman. With ongoing projects in Indonesia and the US yo_cy leverages digital techniques and contextual influences to create culturally reflexive spaces.
Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at WashU, Tracy coordinates core studios and integrates digital technology into the curriculum. In 2009 Tracy established WashU’s Digital Initiative Lab (DIL), a facility for large-scale cnc prototyping and fabrication research. He has previously taught at the Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and NJIT.
Tracy received his Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Design Degree from University of Florida. Formerly Tracy was founding partner at Associated Fabrication and 4-pli Design in Brooklyn, NY. Previously, Tracy worked as an architect with Carl Abbott Architects and for Imrey Culbert LP.
Christine Yogiaman is a founding partner of Yogiaman Tracy Design, with Kenneth Tracy. yo_cy is currently designing projects in Indonesia, focusing on the utilization of digital techniques along with contextual influences to create culturally embedded, affective work. By combining labor intensive acts in craft culture with rule-based, digital frameworks these projects multiply the everyday to intensify space.
Christine is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St Louis. She develops and coordinates the graduate Core studio sequence and digital representation coursework. She has most recently received Honorable Mention for 2012 Steedman Fellowship international design competition.
Christine completed her BS in Architecture from Taubman College at University of Michigan and her March from GSAPP at Columbia University. She has worked with Dean/Wolf Architects in New York on the Queens Hospital EMS Station, which was awarded excellence in design by New York City’s Art Commission.
TEX-FAB would like to thank our institutional support: University of Houston, College of Architecture; University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture; and University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Architecture who were involved throughout the development of the competition.