Sabin Featured in FRAC Centre’s ArchiLab Exhibition

PolyMorph, 2013, Jenny Sabin Studio.

PolyMorph, 2013, Jenny Sabin Studio. photo / Jenny E. Sabin

September 20, 2013

Jenny Sabin, assistant professor of architecture, has two bodies of work featured in the 9th ArchiLab exhibition at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France. The exhibition, titled Naturalizing Architecture, includes 40 architects, designers, and artists and is curated by the founders, Marie-Ange Brayer, director of FRAC Centre; and Frédéric Migayrou, deputy director of the Centre Pompidou and chair of the Bartlett School of Architecture.

“It’s a sincere honor to be in the show given the theme of this new installment of ArchiLab, as well as the history of the exhibition series in the context of digital architecture in research and practice,” says Sabin.

The FRAC Centre says architects can now “practice at the crossroads of design, computer science, engineering, and biology,” and the Naturalizing Architecture exhibition highlights the emerging “interaction between digital architecture and the sciences, exploring the challenges faced in simulating the living world…. The architecture is therefore designed like an organism in constant adaptation, with the ability to evolve in close interaction with the material conditions of its environment.”

Sabin is presenting two distinct, but related bodies of work — from eSkin, a trans-disciplinary project funded by the NSF Emerging Frontiers for Research Innovation (EFRI) SEED, and from her continuing research in digital ceramics.

Drawings, 3D prints, models, interactive software, and movies are exhibited in support of two new prototype installations that represent more than four years of work. PolyMorph is composed of more than 1,400 digitally produced and individually hand-cast ceramic components interwoven and networked to form a 12-foot in diameter rigid surface structure that is suspended in the gallery. Sabin and the eSkin team are presenting the first full-scale component of the project — a dynamic and interactive prototype intended to showcase the effects and overall affect of eSkin at a building-facade unit scale.

Cornell collaborators and team members from Jenny Sabin Studio and the Sabin Design Lab include visiting faculty Andrew Lucia and Martin Miller, and current and former students, Giffen Ott (B.Arch. ’13), Simin Wang (M.Arch. ’14), Jin Tack Lim (M.Arch. ’12), Liangjie Wu (M.Arch. ’12), and Chuan Hao Chen (B.Arch. ’13).

The exhibition is open through February 2, 2014.

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