44 Low-resolution Houses
Princeton SoA, 2018
Hardcover, color, 152 pages
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44 Low-resolution Houses presents a series of houses through a double technological and representational-aesthetic lens. All 44 houses collected here fall into one or more of the following categories of low-resolution: first, houses that vaguely resemble houses, using familiar low-res house elements like pitched roofs, chimneys, windows, doors, porches, etc.; second, houses that appear to be constructed in a low-res manner, in that one can see the construction, joints, and materials, and have a sort of cheap unfinished quality; and third, houses that are composed of low-res organization with basic geometric primitives squares, circles, and triangles arranged in a non-compositional or abstract manner. By these using these terms, low-resolution is in contrast to high-resolution architectural sophistication, gestural complex curvature, bodily organic figuration, and architectural paradigms focused on seamlessness and integrated smoothness.
The 44 architects in the exhibition and catalog include 6a, Adamo-Faiden, Angela Deuber, Atelier Barda, Atelier Bow-Wow, Besler & Sons, Brandlhuber+, Bruther, Bureau Spectacular, DVVT, Edition Office, Ensamble Studio, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, fala atelier, First Office, GAFPA, Go Hasegawa, Hans Tursack, HHF and Ai Weiwei, Independent Architecture, Johannes Norlander, Johnston Marklee, The LADG, Lütjens Padmanabhan, MAIO, Monadnock, MPdL Studio, MOS, New Affiliates, OFFICE, OFF-OFF, Outpost Office, PARA Project, Pascal Flammer, Paul Preissner, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Point Supreme, PRODUCTORA, Stan Allen, Tatiana Bilbao, Tato Architects, T+E+A+M, Tham & Videgård, and WORKac.
44 Low-resolution Houses was exhibited at Princeton University School of Architecture from 09/11/2018 to 11/09/2018. The exhibition catalog was edited by Michael Meredith, with a foreword by Dean Mónica Ponce de León. It was designed by MOS and Studio Lin, with photographs by Michael Vahrenwald/Esto.