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The Air­ium project aims to cre­ate a space where energy gen­er­a­tion becomes a cat­a­lyst for cre­ative exchange and pro­duc­tion.  Through a series of cal­i­bra­tions related to selected inten­si­ties of both air and pro­gram, oppor­tu­ni­ties arise to cre­ate a performative intervention. This opportunity happens within a new hotel that shares the cir­cu­la­tion core of an exist­ing build­ing in downtown San Francisco.  Our proposal utilized the exist­ing site char­ac­ter­is­tics to cre­ate a cat­a­lyst for new spatial experiences in downtown.  In addi­tion to wind ener­gies, the spatial inter­ven­tion aims to align with incu­ba­tor spaces asso­ci­ated with the “start-up” garage offices which focus on activities that incor­po­rate air [i.e. trapeze, indoor sky­div­ing, danc­ing, music, fal­con­ing, kite fly­ing, etc].

These spaces fos­ter new ideas and rela­tion­ships through the acces­si­bil­ity of flex­i­ble, usable space. We were inspired to use the solar chimney’s shafts as a way to incorporate ideas from Reyner Banham’s con­cept of how camp­fires cre­at­e cultural experiences.  These shafts in the Airium project are used as spaces in which gen­er­ate cultural energy.  Our channel’s are analagous to the energy pro­duc­ing camp­fires pro­gra­mat­i­cally and culturally.

Advis­ors: Nataly Gat­tengo and Jason K. Johnson

Project co-produced with Lau­ren Tichy

CCA Jury Prize Nominee