“Pliant Bodies” is a series of constructions that examine resilient and materially co-mingled structures produced during the Pliant Bodies research seminar at the University of Virginia’s School of architecture. Combining computational design and simulation methods with materials assemblies research, this series of constructions produced by students at UVA seeks to generate structure, enclosure, form, and effect simultaneously through the careful engineering and composition of layered, woven, laminated and other techniques that create spacial bodies. The installation opens on Thursday, May 9th @ 5pmRead More
Jessie Marino & Leighton Beaman’ s Performance/Installation, “This House Is Made Up Of Talk” opens, February 21st as part of the Cinque Mostre Exhibition at the American Academy in Rome.
The relationship between score and performance / instruction and execution is one that is fundamental to both musical and architectural production. Each disciplines relies on the involvement and entanglement of others for creation. Any work produced within these two fields has already enfolded both modes of existence. The incompleteness, misalignments and incongruities inherent in this duality provide a space for exploration, a place to dissolve the hierarchy and linearity of this relationship into an event. this house is made up of talk is an experimental mini-drama that engages the spatial, rhythmic, and temporal disillusionment of notation and materialization within the event of their creation. Both occur simultaneously and anew with each iteration and as others are asked to navigate the auditory, visual, and environmental dimensions of the piece.Read More
In Translation: Some Loss Is Inevitable, will be on display at the 2019 Cinque Mostre Exhibition at the American Academy in Rome. The collection of artifacts on display is a collaboration between Joannie Bottkol, Allison Emmerson, Karyn Olivier, and Zaneta Hong. Glass unguentaria (perfume bottles) were among the most popular Roman grave gifts. In some cases, mourners poured perfume over the body, then broke the bottles on the ground. In others, the bottles and their contents were deposited whole in the tomb. Perfume was valuable and luxurious, an excellent gift to honor the dead, but its strong scent also helped to mask the very human smells of death, while elevating ritual proceedings beyond the everyday. For this installation, five glass perfume bottles from the AAR Archaeological Study Collection were reinterpreted into six materials—beeswax, dirt, hair, plaster, paper pulp, and resin. These materials were selected for their corporeal ties to the human body and in their traditions of use in conservation, archaeology and construction.Read More
Lumina Pavilion opens October 6th at the University of Virginia. The Pavilion is a product of a design and fabrication course taught by UVA faculty Michael Leighton Beaman & Melissa Goldman and Andrew Kudless of Matsys and the California College of Arts.Read More
The purpose of the proxy series of installations is to experiment with with the workflow of an entire project, from conception to construction. Though these projects operate at smaller dimensional, programmatic and financial scales, they are always addressing larger issues of design practice by crafting resonance between procedural and material effects.
Bigger Than a Bread Box Exhibition Opens - Beta-field was selected to contribute work from their proxy series in this "installation as research" exhibition. The Exhibition will run from June 17th - October 4th at the Boston Society of Architects / AIA - BSA Space, at 290 Congress st. in Boston MA.Read More
Student design work from Leighton Beaman's Intermittency studio will be on exhibit at the RISD Museum in the Chace Center lobby at 20 N. Main Street in Providence RI, May 22nd - June 1st 2015.This studio brings together students from Interior Architecture/Adaptive Reuse,and artists, educators, and RISD Museum staff to design an intermittent space for display, commerce, and communication at the Chace Center. Utilizing the newly completed Co-Works technology lab where students have access to all 3D printing, cutting, milling, and printing facilities, we worked with parametric modeling software and CNC manufacturing equipment throughout the semester to complete an installation in the RISD Museum Chace Center. The installation displays the work from the semester including full-scale mock-ups of the final design proposals. From a pedagogical standpoint, the use digital design and production methodologies that allow us to span from design concept to physical construction to interactive project documentation provided a common ground for a cross-disciplinary approach to design practice. For more on the studio please read Simone Solondz' article in RISD news " Designs for Flexibility "Read More
The Intermittency installation displays the work from the semester including full-scale mock-ups of the final design proposals. From a pedagogical standpoint, the use digital design and production methodologies that allow us to span from design concept to physical construction to interactive project documentation provided a common ground for a cross-disciplinary approach to design practice.Read More
Leighton Beaman and Zaneta Hong’s Proposal for the Boston Society of Architects [ Proxy No. 15 ] was selected as part of the Bigger than a Bread Box exhibition a BSA Space in Boston opening June 17th 2015. The purpose of the proxy series of installations is to experiment with with the workflow of an entire project, from conception to construction. Though these projects operate at smaller dimensional, programmatic and financial scales, they are always addressing larger issues of design practice by crafting resonance between procedural and material effects.
Proxy No. 15 is a lightweight, translucent suspension structure built from recyclable polypropylene and nylon. The installation is derived from the architectonic language, assembly process, manufacturing techniques, and material effects of Proxy No. 10, an installation created for the American Institute of Architects National Emerging Practitioners Exhibition in 2012. No. 10 was designed as an interior pavilion at the AIA Headquarters in Washington, DC using a series of custom-coded digital modeling algorithms to rationalize, structure, and generate all the parts required to build the pavilion in a single day. No. 15was designed by reprogramming those algorithms, inverting many of the original pavilions characteristics; whereas No. 10 is oriented vertically, configured through two minimal surfaces, operating in compression, resting on the floor and rising to a height of 7 feet; No. 15 is a synclining symmetrical landscape, oriented horizontally, operating in tension, and suspended twelve feet above the floor.
Proxy No. 13 opens this Thursday at the University of Texas, School of Architecture.
Beta-field began the Proxy Series in 2007 as a set of process-based projects focused on the exploration of emerging technologies as both the material and methodological basis of design. Proxies are constructions that examine the nature of architectural design, production, and theory as a manifestation of programming, processes, procedures, manufacturing and assembly. Each project investigates a discrete set of architectural issues spanning all five of these categories. While each project is guided by its architectural issues, each is allowed the freedom to pursue non-architectural solutions.
Proxy No. 13 is funded, designed, manufactured and assembled by Beta-field and architecture students from the University of Texas in Austin School of Architecture.Read More
The American Kennel Club recognizes 173 breeds + 15 partial status breeds + 60 rare breeds that are registered in its foundation. These 258 breeds are accommodated in 5 house sizes - XS, S, L, M, XL.
Commercial dog house design is governed by issues surrounding the standardization of simplified forms and materials in an effort to reduce cost, rather than addressing issues surrounding canine anatomy. These standardization issues include mass production, assembly, transportation, and generic form and sizing. Custom designs typically invert this relationship placing a premium on form and material with little thought to efficiency and replication. In both cases, these constructions tend to be anthropomorphic rather than canopomorphic, relying on human-based housing forms. However, these two regimes can be combined through computational and material design processes, which find strategic positions between these two extremes, maximizing a variety of formalization issues and generating canocentric forms.
We developed an algorithm and CNC manufacturing process which incorporates bio-metric data, material properties and assembly process, translating that information into breed specific housing forms and materials. 173+15+60+1 recognized breeds translates into 258 houses. Commissioned by the Strathmore Arts Center located outside of Washington DC, we created a unique hybrid breed (canis-capitalis-familiaris) measuring H-19” x L-21” which has the mean qualities of the 10 most popular Washington area breeds. Using this new hybrid as a basis, we designed a single house to be exhibited at the Strathmore from April 28 - June 23, 2012 as part of their "Unleashed" Exhibition." For more information please visit - strathmore.orgRead More
Proxy No. 10 is a pavilion situated in the lobby of the American Institute of Architects Headquarters Building in Washington DC. The building was designed by The Architects Collaborative in 1973. As with the TAC’s design approach which is based on multiple voices incorporated into a single design, Proxy No. 10 derives its form and program in collaboration with the building’s lobby configuration and spatial orientations. The pavilion’s bounds are created by aligning two ellipsoids relative to each adjacent lobby wall. The spatial configuration is generated as a resultant minimal surface extrapolated between the two ellipsoids, which are in turn organized into two unit topologies. The pavilion utilizes 44 motion sensors lights that track movement inside the pavilion which is then indexed on its public surface through 376 LEDs.
On display here is a portion of the pavilion (approx. 12%) constructed from 564 polypropylene sheets assembled using nylon rivets into 94 units. The installation which is part of the 2012 AIA Emerging Professional / Grassroots Exhibition is the 10th iteration of the proxy series - on-going research into computational models for design and manufacturing. The Proxy Series began in 2007 as a framework for conducting design research. Proxies are constructions that examine the nature of generic architectural problems within programming, processes, procedures, manufacturing and assembly.Read More
Beta-field's installation Proxy No. 08, opens at the University of Virginia. The installation is the 8th iteration of the proxy series of projects. Proxies are not studies, models, or representations of architectural scale projects. Instead proxies are 1-to-1 endeavors which address architectural issues through para-architectural projects.Read More