FALL 2017 - THIRD YEAR STUDIO - Robin Dripps
This studio focused on the meatpacking district in NYC, and addressed the issue of artist studio spaces, residences and artistic showcase. I began with an urban-scale scheme, exploring how to use the site's position within a sprawl of commercial galleries as a rebuttal to the commercialisation of art. The Project is based on the Situationist International a group of artists operating in the Post War Era. One of the basic situationist practices is the dérive, a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiences. Dérives involve a playful-constructive behaviour and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. Chance is a less important factor in this activity than one might think: from a dérive point of view cities have psychogeographical contours, with constant currents, fixed points and vortexes that strongly discourage entry into or exit from certain zones. But the dérive includes both this letting-go and its necessary contradiction: the domination of psychogeographical variations by the knowledge and calculation of their possibilities. This project addresses the issue of turning Dérive into Design with a playful balance of chance and structure. This balance was achieved through the creation of a basic Grasshopper script to determine the overlapping relationships which led to the creation of the circulation paths across the structure enabling a delicate balance of maze-like forest and clearings.