Architectural workshops Bending, Kicking, Stretching: Playing with Distortion

Date

From 22 February 2020 to 11 April 2020

Schedule

13:00–15:00

Place

Garage Atrium
Architectural workshops Bending, Kicking, Stretching: Playing with Distortion Architectural workshops Bending, Kicking, Stretching: Playing with Distortion

DESCRIPTION

Garage invites kids and adults to take part in architectural workshops inspired by the installation Exercises in Construction, Bending by the Polish artist Monika Sosnowska.

Informed by a specific interest in architectural form, material, and construction, Sosnowska’s practice investigates their properties, the possible ways to work with form and transform materials, as well as emotional perception of architectural spaces and surfaces by humans.

Each session focuses on the study of a particular material used in architecture and design—such as clay, metal, plastics, and paper—and examines its properties. The course tutors, professional architects and pedagogues Maria Vaisman and Nikolay Fugarov, will encourage participants to explore materials through the prism of the fundamental architectural triad—utility, durability, and beauty, try various methods of material processing, and find forms or constructions that fit each of the materials.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Marina Vaisman, architect, graphic artist, teacher, founder and author of education programs at the MOGU! architectural studio, co-curator of the program for teenagers МАРШROOT at the architectural school MARCH (2019–2020).


Nikolay Fugarov, architect, documentary filmmaker, chief architect of projects at AI Architects, teacher at the MOGU! architectural studio, co-curator of the program for teenagers MARCHROOT at the architectural school MARCH (2019–2020).

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission with advance registration.

Workshops can be attended separately.

Workshops are accessible to people with disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing visitors. Educators trained in Russian Sign Language will be working at the venue.

Schedule

Clay

The opening class is dedicated to the work with clay. The participants will first learn how to develop perfect geometrical shapes—before, guided by the material’s paste-forming properties, trying to deform elements and use them to create a three-dimensional puzzle in the form of a transformer-building.

REGISTRATION

Date
Saturday, February 29
Time
13:00–15:00
Place
Garage Atrium

Metal

The second session will provide an opportunity to experiment with the physical properties of a metallic construction: the group will create a minimalist tower using metal wire before bending it into a bridge. The resulting construction will be installed into a painted landscape.

REGISTRATION

Date
Saturday, March 14
Time
13:00–15:00
Place
Garage Atrium

Plastics

Tutors will open the third workshop by introducing the group to select examples of international biomorphic architecture. Participants will learn about the properties of plastics—one of the most widely used materials in the practice of designers and environmental architects. Each course member will also have the opportunity to experiment with deforming plastics through heat processing to create various covering surfaces that could be implemented in the decoration of architectural spaces.

REGISTRATION

Date
Saturday, February 28
Time
13:00–15:00
Place
Garage Atrium

Paper

The fourth and final class will acquaint the group with one of the most eccentric design methods which has attracted some famous architects. It implies that a completed paper and cardboard model of a construction is deformed with a kick, with the resulting shape used as the prototype of the future building. 

Each workshop participant will create their own paper models of skyscrapers and then distort them, thus creating new architectural volumes.

REGISTRATION

Date
Saturday, April 11
Time
13:00–15:00
Place
Garage Atrium