Studio SUMO is a New York based practice, focused on innovative design involving extensive research, formal exploration, and material invention. Embracing physical, social, and cultural contexts, as forces that shape design, both partners Sunil Bald and Yolande Daniels are directly involved with each project.
ARCHITECTEM held a conversation with Sunil Bald, about his studio, a recent project – the iHouse Dormitory complex for Josai International University, and the sesitivity of designing in Japan. Sunil Bald divides his time working between New York and Tokyo, and is Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.
Earlier this week, OMA designed Concrete, opened its doors at Alserkal Avenue, in Dubai. A beautifully balanced symphony of monochrome textures, deep colors and translucent screens. Featuring circular ceiling tracks and movable panels – all elements to choreograph a dynamic space for performance and display. The inaugural exhibition, “Syria: Into the Light” showcased a collection based on the theme of ‘Portraits and Figures’.
ARCHITECTEM was at the opening reception, capturing details and embedded events within Concrete, its conversation with the art, the visitors and its context.
As part of ARCHITECTEM Programming focused on increasing scholarship in collaboration with academic institutions, Sara M. Anwar presented the second lecture of Killed by the Architects* series on 27th February 2017 at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. The first lecture was held at the American University in Dubai.
*This itinerant and iterant dialogue series evolves and is contextualised with every rendition.
The Lecture derives it title from a message that appears in a gaming console. ‘Killed by the Architects’ is a reference to having lost a life in the game due to a ‘fall or the wall’. In other words, due to the designed conditions. Expanding on this understanding of Architecture as sequence of environments, the talk explores layers of experiences.
The architect after visiting a place, observing and recording it, can unfold it to another verbally, visually or by way of translation. Through the construct of Narratives, the lecture investigates boundaries, events and dynamics activated by the discipline. For this iteration, slides from the local context of Karachi punctuate the existing narrative traveling the axis from the Duomo to Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Stories of the rhythms of resilience start a dialogue with the politics of order and the gaze.