League Prize 2015: Authenticity
Ann Arbor, MI
Clark Thenhaus founded design research office Endemic in 2010. The studio explores “the strange relationships between context and architectural forms as a social and cultural practice of design.”
Current and recent projects include Poor Forms, a collection of cast models that manipulate familiar geometries, seeking the destabilization of form; The Belvedere & Berms, which investigates that building typology in the context of an abandoned missile silo site; The Canteen Farm House, which looks at how incremental insertions into existing irrigation infrastructures can improve regional food production; and A Project Four Domes Nowhere in the Middle, models of domes that distort or abstract that archetype in a new material, on display in the League Prize exhibition.
Visit the 2015 League Prize feature for more information about this year’s winners and the theme of Authenticity.
Published: September 3, 2015; updated September 15, 2015.
The designer combines or recontextualizes standard geometries to produce unfamiliar or original forms, engaging questions about “tropes of representation.”
June 25, 2015 | Thenhaus details projects that “reclaim the commonplace, the familiar, and the banal as curiosities” with a focus on the geometry of spheres, cones, and cylinders.
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