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“Rule” MIT School of Architecture
December 29th, 2011

“Rule” Installation
October-December 2011

Location: MIT School of Architecture

Principals in Charge: R. el-Khoury and R. Levit

Team: Zachariah Glennon, Lindsay Hochman, Renee Leung, Ultan Byrne

The bending form of ruled-surfaces possesses an uncanny quality: out of straight lines comes curvature. It is possible to grasp intellectually the geometrical constitution of such curves, but something magical remains, which is this seeming paradox: straight lines make curved forms.

The ruled surface, which invites visual understanding and engagement, dramatizes in our work the event of collective monuments and their tense relationship to individual experience.  These forms, made of discrete parts, gather themselves up into figures that choreograph public experiences: they are both a framework and formal allegory for social event.

While the geometries of our work conjoin the pleasures of the intellect with those of the senses, explorations of responsive media and augmented reality are used to make immersive environments of light, image, and smell.  New technologies permit us to mobilize the senses through media that are stimulated by the activities and presence of people.