Interview: SIFT Studio

League Prize winner Adam Fure describes the development of his aesthetic sensibilities.

November 22, 2014

Recorded in 2014.

The Architectural League Prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas.

Through his Ann Arbor design practice, SIFT Studio, Adam Fure works to enliven “old substances through new treatments; composing new aesthetic mixtures from the matter at [one’s] fingertips.” Through these experiments, he “promotes architecture’s unique capacity to shape experience, which is neither essentialized nor thought to be static and singular.” Recent work includes a multimedia installation in Stuttgart, Germany, that transforms space, sound, and light into variable dimensions and a conceptual mirror house that was a finalist for BOFFO Building Fashion’s Linda Farrow competition in 2013.

In the interview above, Fure describes the development of his aesthetics as responding to the smooth and glossy white world of digital renderings by engaging materials directly to create rough, messy, and even ugly forms. His Overlay installation is one project, “Rocks,” presented through three forms of representation: models, drawings, and photographs. In describing his installation, Fure shares his thoughts on layers of material articulation, types of representation, and his plans to scale up the project.


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