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Curated by Hernan Diaz Alonso and David Ruy
Opening Reception March 11, 7pm
Discussion with Hernan Diaz Alonso, David Ruy and Mark Garcia March 25, 7pm

SCI-Arc Gallery
March 11, 2016 at 7:00pm
May 29, 2016 at 6:00pm

Close-up examines the impact of digital technologies on the architectural detail and the traditions of tectonic expression associated with it. An often overlooked condition of digital design technologies is the ability to design objects through continuous degrees of magnification. The consequences of this very basic fact are more significant than we may realize. The traditional premise that some architectural ideas only reside at standardized scales of magnification at this point is nostalgic.


  • Nurit Bar-Shai / Nurit Bar-Shai Studio
  • Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos / UNStudio
  • Neil M. Denari / Neil M. Denari Architects
  • John Enright & Margaret Griffin / Griffin Enright Architects
  • Frank Gehry / Gehry Partners
  • Ferda Kolatan & Erich Schoenenberger / su11 architecture+design
  • Greg Lynn / Greg Lynn FORM
  • Steven Ma / Xuberance
  • Elena Manferdini / Atelier Manferdini
  • Thom Mayne / Morphosis
  • Lucy McRae / Lucy McRae Studio
  • Dwayne Oyler & Jenny Wu / Oyler Wu Collaborative
  • Marcelo Spina & Georgina Huljich / P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
  • Theodore Spyropoulos & Stephen Spyropoulos / Minimaforms
  • Tom Wiscombe / Tom Wiscombe Architecture
  • Michael Young & Kutan Ayata / Young & Ayata

This exhibition proposes that technological advancements have resulted in a transformation of how architectural ideas unfold at different degrees of resolution and that tectonics might mean something very different in the 21st century. Related to this new power of computer assisted observation for both the author and the audience of architecture is the blurring of the boundaries between the virtual and the real and the mutual imbrications of concepts with materials. Ranging from the cinematic to the clinical, the transition from the architectural detail to the architectural close-up implies new formal logics and new modes of reception. This exhibition will survey some of the pioneers of this way of thinking about architecture after the digital and examine recent work by emerging architects that are continuing this important investigation.

This exhibition has been generously supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.