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Hernan Diaz Alonso Wins AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture
SCI-Arc Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso was recently awarded one of four prestigious AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture by the Architectural Review magazine out of London. Diaz Alonso’s competition submission is an installation he designed and built for the MAK Vienna in 2007.

Hernan Diaz Alonso, Xefirotarch│Pitch Black│2013 AR+D Architectural Review Winner

Now part of the MAK’s permanent collection, Pitch Black (shown here) celebrates the grotesque through exploring a world of bio-computational replicants, a set of glinting arachnoid fabrications exhibiting an idiosyncratic formal language.

SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discusses the installation, “Although its essential spatial language belongs to a recognizable digital vocabulary, it suggests that the application of digital tools can deliver an entirely idiosyncratic reading. The dense application of contemporary software tools need not produce a generic and predictable form language, but instead delivers a uniquely personal result.”

Now in their 15th year, the Architectural Review Awards provide a snapshot of design activity from around the world, with more than 350 entries of built work being entered in this year’s competition. The 2013 awards gala took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London on November 28th and was hosted by AR Editor-in-Chief Catherine Slessor. The event also marked the opening on the AR Emerging Architecture exhibition of winning projects, which will be running at the RIBA until January 2014.

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