Cross-Talk #4: Saba Salekfard on ‘Academic Aesthetics’

            <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" >Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is a recurring series on Archinect that endeavors to bring architectural polemics and debate up-to-date and up-to-speed with the pace of cultural production today. Each installation will feature an introduction premise along with four responses by four practitioners to a single topic. For this week's iteration, we look at 'Academic Aesthetics'.</p>           

"The Heresy of Function" Topic Studio

This quarter, Cal Poly Pomona was pleased to host Frank Clementi and his topic studio “The Heresy of Function”. The studio proposes to apply function to famous monuments, since they exist without any pragmatic purpose. Monuments exist not to provide utility, but to symbolize our memories and beliefs. Projects aim to challenge the modernist fundamental of “form follows function” by identifying the cultural significance of monuments, and addressing a proper program. As Frank says, students shall combine the “mechanical and the metaphysical" to reprogram these iconic structures, using the techniques of: "retrofit, agglomerate, mime, graft, occupy, shear, blend, meta-morph, repeat, ghost, hot-rod, re-skin, eviscerate, stitch, and drape".  "The Taj Mahal et. al" by Saba Salekfard Built in 1648 by Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal stands as the monument for true and enduring love. The mausoleum was built as a symbol of the Shah’s eternal love for his Continue reading ""The Heresy of Function" Topic Studio"