pipe organ factory and a.p.o.b.a convention center
harvard graduate school of design : option studio
critic : mack scogin
The program for this project is the following : A Pipe Organ Factory and an Associated
Pipe Organ Builders of America Convention Center. The site is : Marfa, TX. An antithetical
program, further contradicted by its own site.
At first glance, the nature of pipe organ building relies on a collective effort. Yet,
in a way, the collective effort it takes to build a pipe organ is contingent on the skill
of each individual where each member of the pipe organ building collective has a high level
of individual expertise because what is being produced is closer to art than product.
If the process of pipe organ building fosters the collective, how is the individual celebrated,
when the individual is so indispensible?
I am interested in the opposing relationship that exists within the process of pipe organ
building since both factory and convention center are for pipe organ builders. When paired
with the pipe organ, both program types, the factory and convention center, can be reconsidered
in their own right, where factory is to craft what convene is to disperse.
These newfound contradictory programs begin to reconcile the irreconcilable relationship
found in the nature of the pipe organ building process.
This is a process heavy studio that went in this order : childhood memory video,
site self-selected and analyzed, individual program assigned, object made according to
program, object placed on site.
Video production in collaboration with Lucas Wynne.