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“Dave Hickey discusses differences between taste and desire in Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste:
Warhol began with his soup-can paintings and his “Flavored Marilyns”—trademark desires produced in individual flavors to suit your taste . . . But we all have personal kinks, so Andy painted fifty-two Campbell soup-can paintings, each slightly different in its configuration and one painting for every flavor of soup: Cheese, Mushroom, Tomato, Clam Chowder, Bean and Bacon, etc.
He painted about a dozen Flavored Marilyns—or Lifesaver Marilyns, as they were called at the Factory, since the candy provided the colors. All the Marilyns are identical in these paintings, but the backgrounds come in lime, orange, lemon, strawberry, pineapple, and licorice, to suit your taste while fulfilling your desires.
In several exercises aimed at borrowing representational techniques from Andy Warhol’s Flavored Marilyns and soup-can paintings, each participant in the workshop was asked to stake out an architectural conviction in regards to the atrium typology. By working on the problem of seriality in architecture, this atria project is extremely formal, bright, and optimistic.”


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Workshop #2: Flavored Atria and Architectural Convictions
critic: Jennifer BONNER.

Group Work: Fengqi & Zhe Wang
(Source: http://www.suckerpunchdaily.com/2015/08/20/architecture-itself/)



“The workshop is organized around a series of assignments focusing on the relationships between corners, mouldings and surfaces – in relation to architectural representation and material thickness – as well as the Mock Up’s unique position on scale and use of actual building materials. While the developed surface drawing is one example (or one of the best) of the conceptual confrontation with material this course will examine some others that include the intersection and translation of drawing and standard construction materials. Students will work in groups. The workshop leads to the production of an architectural Mock Up (one-to-one scale) of an interior corner condition, a set of architectural drawings, a textual project description and associated project documentation. Removed from its context, the Mock Up of an interior reveals its exterior; we will not fail to consider that side as well.”












Workshop #3: Other Problems with the Corner Problem
critic: Erin BESLER
Group Work: Fengqi Li, Zhe Wang, Yuchi Kuo, Haner Wang, Karnia Roberts
*Note this text was originally written for a course at UCLA AUD taught in the Winter 2014.

ACADIA Conference 2016_Wall Parley(Jury Selected Project)

Wall Parley 


Wall Parley is an exploration of the possible dialogue between users and intelligent environments. Based on Gordon Pask’s conversation theory, dialogue is a “pruned and described entailment structure” which establishes a complex but ordered relationship between unrelated ideas or events. (Pask 1975) The project is a series of prototypes which iteratively develop a cognitive system between humans and walls akin to the manner by which humans communicate with one another by receiving information, processing that information, and then responding.  This participatory engagement between two entities, human and wall, creates a dialogue, an intentional reciprocal commitment for which the capacity of communication by and with the wall can be evaluated.






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The aim of this thesis is to harness those innovations to create a dialogue between user and environment. The thesis is not attempting to design a particular building that works perfectly within a specific condition but instead will use architectural elements as a medium for conversation – specifically the wall. It is a visionary exploration into the future – architecture embedded with Artificial Intelligence – a limited investigation of the possible dialogue between human and walls.


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Ultimately, Wall Parley is approaching the integration of high or strong artificial intelligence (AI) in architecture but is limited to applied AI which operates in a narrow field and produces predictable responses based on processing patterns and programming. (Schrader 2015) Though the wall is responsive as a product of its programming rather than through cognitive recognition, it provides a semiotic medium for envisioning the future where architectural elements act as autonomous intelligent instruments – capable of capturing data, interpreting it, and responding in an interactive manner.  Additionally, it allows for the behavior of humans in the presence of proto-intelligent architecture to be chronicled and informs future software development of the wall.  Forthcoming iterations of Wall Parley will continue to layer the input and output mechanisms of the wall to provide increasing complex and unsupervised responses, encouraging human and wall dialogue, and redefining the reference “like talking to a wall.”


Adrian, Frank et. al. 2014. c2. November 13. Accessed May 5, 2016. http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?HelloWorld.
Pask, Gordon. 1975. Conversation, cognition and learning: A cybernetic theory and methodology.
Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Schrader, Christopher. 2015. Artificial Intelligence: The Next Leap in Technology. July 28. Accessed May
5, 2016. http://camelsmouth.com/2015/07/28/artificial-intelligence-and-the-end-of-the-world/.


Fengqi Li

Thesis Adviser: Prof. Amber Bartosh


Architecture Itself

“Architecture Itself workshop series supplements recent inquires into the legibility and location of a discipline of architecture…These diverse trajectories and the equally diverse models of operation that characterize the four workshop leaders make a case for an alternative construction of architectural knowledge through the intensive design workshop – an event that blurs the boundaries, not only between thinking and doing, design and fabrication, and prototype and final product, but also between history, theory, representation, technology and design.” — Kyle Miller





Workshop Leaders
William O’Brien Jr., MIT Department of Architecture
Jennifer Bonner, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Erin Besler, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Alex Maymind, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

Innovative Program Development Fund, Syracuse University
Michael Speaks, Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Julia Czerniak, Associate Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture
John Bryant, Fabrication Technician, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Gamze Kahya, Publication Production

Guest Critics
Prof. Ted Brown
Prof. Benjamin Farnsworth
Prof. Joseph Godlewski
Prof. Terrance Goode
Prof. Liz Kamell
Prof. Jonathan Louie
Prof. David Salomon
Prof. David Shanks

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