Pink Flamingos

There was no specific brief. The PF’s, constructed their own scope—topics, positions, approaches, working methods, techniques and deliverables. They challenged default assumptions, and augmented accepted norms. It mattered less what was worked on, and more on how intensely it was worked on. The conceptual range, quality of engagement, and density of the work is palpable. Infectious.

Architectural education must open eyes and minds to what is philosophically, conceptually, technologically, and representationally possible—yours, mine and theirs. ‘Speculative Scenarios’, opened trajectories for multiple thesis orientations. ‘Entourage’ established the context for their interests, and ‘Mechanics of Engagement’ staked out the roles of the variables in their thesis constructions. A ‘Studio Brief’ established the stakes, and possible trajectories for their questions. Design methods, representation techniques, possible deliverables and the leave, were in the game. In parallel, three pieces of work: Proto-Speciation v.01, v.02 + v.03, foregrounded manual, analog, digital, composite, and hybrid techniques for working. Finally, the design work, hinged to an ‘Operating Manual’, and chased in the winter term, wiggled, squirmed and stood tall.

While there are overlapping areas of interest, each thesis is unique. Across the board the work demonstrated a richness of ideation, a range of articulation. Their work tickled: numbers and collections; narrative constructions; restoration ecology; embracive flooding; 4th events; reconditioned memory; typological translations; the power of institutions and cartographic practices; generative uses of histories; imperfections; deep diagrams and dark culture; and morphological change, to name a few. The students provoked new breeds, and alternative species, for considering the most pressing issues of our time. Finally, the students have not left the studio culture. Rather they go into the world as agents of change, leveraging new practices, while constructing augmented forms of knowledge. And, most importantly, contributing, generously, to culture.
Faculty Advisor:
Perry Kulper