Process: Duchamp: Framed Glass. This refers to architects hMa's process (Victoria Meyers architect) in designing DWi-P : Digital Water i-Pavilion. The building was designed around ideas about how glass can have a presence that exceeds its physical thickness. The thickness can be determined through its intellectual ideas, which can greatly exceed the physicality of the glass thicnkess. In the case of Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass, that thickness was processed and presented as a physical rendering of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, cut into the glass surface. In the case of hMa's WaTER wall, that thickness could be seen as an exposition about the thickness of current ideas about physicality, as related to digital technologies; and the presentation of a social critique about the increasing scarcity of clean water, even as the world's water levels rise, due to melting ice caps.
In both cases: hMa's glass wall, as well as the Duchamp glass, the result was Physics, but also a social critique, written in (on) glass. These critiques and their 'thicknesses', increase the intellectual thickness of the glass.
hMa's ideas about sound and space, are applied to buildings, as well as to urban spaces. As master plan architects for Battery Park City's North Neighborhood, hMa overviewed the development of over one-million square feet of LEED certified green construction. We also overviewed the development of a park system that was linked together by a concept hMa describes as : woven space, as well as by sound, in the installation (not yet achieved) by Ann Hamilton in Teardrop Park, in the Water Wall at Teardrop Park, and in hMa's digitally interactive wall, at DWi-P.
Above: Teardrop Park. This project was conceived as a collaboration between hMa, Michael van Valkenburgh, and the artist, Ann Hamilton.
Above: Woven Fabric: hMa conceived the site plan of BPC's North Neighborhood as a 'woven fabric'. This fabric consisted of a series of parks and buildings that weave together as a single physical fabric, both in terms of their Green Construction, but also by offering several occupiable Green Roofs for public use, including the Irish Hunger Memorial by artist Brian Tolle (below) as well as hMa's Green Roof over their building, DWi-P, publicly accessible from North End Avenue.
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