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Steel, masonry, glass, and wood provide variations on an architectonic theme in a material fugue. The metering of steel beams and girders in a common warehouse workspace constitute the staff, an unfinished steel frame rises as the major subject, and faculty housing towers the contrapuntal voices.
A framework develops and is progressively deconstructed, reworked then reestablished: subject to the specificity of material form, each construction makes a new exposition of the guiding structural theme. Didactic constructions standing for a host of material associations, the towers are clad in constantly changing material screens, reassembled as weathering and seasonal sun variation requires. A reflexive landscape of invention arises in which the techniques learned below are critiqued, assessed and recontexualized as building above. As a vocational school, it is always itself under construction, a transient, unfinished thing standing for a process of continual experimentation.