Architectural Design Project
After building a species of components, that expressive language is expanded through aggregations, the combining of components. Using both tangible and digital means, research is done on how 3-dimensional shapes interact with one another and the body. The components evolve from singular forms to prosthetics of the body, then eventually a scale building model of a protest theater.
Hostility, Integration and Mutation
Collaboration with Nick Zimmerman
Paper, glue, tape and digital editting
Physical aggregation: approx. 3 x 2 x 4'
Digital Print: 4 x 6'
Here two component species are interacted in three ways: aggressive take over, amicable integration, and a collaborative mutation. This studies the ways that two languages relate to one another and to the body.
Each individual built their own aggregation on their body. Their aggregation began to mutate their bodies, creating webbed fingers, a wing, alterations to the ear, throat, arms, waist and hands. The two prostheses are like a disease, changing and growing on the body. When the two aggregations interact, three results ensue. In one area, an aggregation is more aggressive than the other and begins to take over, assuming power. In another area, the two aggregations work together, they integrate in a harmonious manner. Lastly, the final area the two species breed to form a new hybrid component from their interaction, this component features attributes from both aggregations.
Queer Theater of Protest
Arial/side perspective & interior perspectives
Paper, glue, tape and digital editing
2 Prints: 24 x 36"
The “Queer Theater of Protest” is a twenty-four/seven facility supporting the activities, community and expression of queer individuals or LGBTQ and others identities. It is located on 7th Avenue, in Santa Cruz, California, next to the Yacht Harbor. It is on an approximately 45,000 square foot lot, and a 5000 square foot structure. This building features a debate cafe, a shouting space with small and large stages, and a restroom.
The debate cafe is on an open balcony that is cantilevered over the northern portion of the Yacht Harbor. The cafe is used for small and large group debates over beverages, it uses forms to section off small and large areas of discussion. It also features sights of the harbor and ocean for a scenic experience.
The shouting space is unique in its function, it contains many surfaces for painting, drawing, writing, as well as individual and large stages for performing music, plays, comedies, poetry, and so on. The walkways above the shouting space allows for a birds eye view of the activities, to be a spectator of the queer theater. The restroom is all gender inclusive like the Queer Theater itself.
The structure is created out of a personally developed language of forms. These forms create dynamic architectural spaces that are unique and adaptable to nearly any use.
Justine Neves © 2016