SERVO

Based in four cities, SERVO partners Chris Perry (New York City), and David Erdman (Los Angeles), along with Marcelyn Gow (Zurich) and Ulrika Karlsson (Stockholm), define many of the influences on their work as linked to the practice's dispersed structure, principally issues of interactivity and collaboration registered at both cultural and organizational scales. Cloudline, Nurbline, and Speeline, all part of series of product or system lines, apply abstract formal and spatial qualities to local sites and applications at a variety of scales. All four partners received graduate degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and three are currently teaching design, Erdman at UCLA and Rensselaer Polytechnic School of Architecture, Gow at the ETH, Zurich, and Perry at Rensselaer Polytechnic School of Architecture and Pratt Institute. The firm's work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, most recently at the UCLA School of Architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Cornell University.

SERVO applies abstract formal and spatial qualities to local sites and applications at a variety of scales through a process of customization. These customizations can be made on-line through the use of an interactive design interace. This interface allows SERVO members as well as various outside "authors" to mix and re-mix servoline systems according to specific needs, interests, and contraints. generate your own servo system at:

www.n2art.nu/servoline_1/urbantoys

Lecture on Thursday, May 31, 2001. 6:30pm
The Urban Center