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PLAY with the Rules: Pavilion + Portmanteau

August 30, 2018
PLAY with the Rules: Pavilion + Portmanteau
Design Exhibition at 2018 ACSA Fall Conference in Milwaukee


Milwaukee, WI: ACSA partners with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee SARUP to create an exhibition of the design proposal finalists for the Play with the Rules | 2018 Fall Conference at two museums in Milwaukee. View the designers' initial renderings.

October 11 – June 2019
Supported by an NEA grant, the pavilion will be built onsite in the courtyard of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture & Urban Planning. The Play Pavilion is titled: Compressed Constructions and is designed by James Lowder, The Cooper Union & Misako Murata, University of Pennsylvania. The designers description “As a counter-point to the ubiquitous contemporary pavilion, we are proposing a new category of architectural production: the .zip construction….In this particular compression, the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe was used as a point of departure… The result is a construction that references yet is autonomous to the building, an estranged and hyper-articulated totem that contains all the DNA of the larger construction; it is all detail.”

at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum     October 11 – November 11, 2018
In addition to the full-scale Play Pavilion, there will also be an exhibition in the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum of the Pavilion Designs. This exhibition will include scale models of the top pavilions. Following are the nine pavilions and designers.

The Thrill of Threshold or Circle, Jerk 
McLain Clutter & Cyrus Penarroyo, University of Michigan 

Pavilion of Fluff 
Karen Lange, California Polytechnic State University 

XYYXXY Accessible Restroom Pavilion 
Peter Tolkin & Sarah E. Lorenzen, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 

Rock n' Ruin: A Material Catalog for Concrete Rubble 
Ang Li, Northeastern University 

Plural Territories: No Permission Required 
Brian Strawn & Karla Sierralta, University of Hawaii At Manoa 

Shelf Life
Adam Fure, Ellie Abrons, Meredith L. Miller & Thom Moran, University of Michigan 

Ground Game 
Ashley Bigham & Erik Herrmann, The Ohio State University

Commodity, Plumpness and Delight 
Casey Benito & Emily White, California Polytechnic State University 

Material Agency 
Brian Osborn, California Polytechnic State University

Adjacent to the Pavilion Design Proposal exhibit, two artists, Vanessa Diaz (Miami, FL) and Sylvie Rosenthal (Madison, WI), will also be exhibiting inside the Villa Terrace but in other parts of the house. Their exhibition titled “The House of Risk” will create a whole-house immersive installation that explores the textures, materials, and histories of the Villa Terrace’s unique rooms. Their objects will gesture toward history and the future in an exhibition that has no specific “time stamp” but spans many timeframes as well as the possible hybrid moments in between. Diaz and Rosenthal will consider the history of the industrial revolution and the machine, the still life, alchemy, economics, and technology as these ideas relate to the built environment.

at the Milwaukee Art Museum     October 11 – November 4, 2018
In their 1991 Tourisms: Suitcase Studies installation at the Walker Art Center, Diller + Scofidio broke the boundaries between art, architecture and design with a traveling exhibition that explored the relationships between bodies, geographies, histories and technologies. Taking inspiration from this playful, yet powerful approach, the call for The Portmanteau will exhibit physical designs packaged within a carry-on suitcase. The following Design teams from around the world will exhibit their proposals in the Schroeder Galleria at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) for approximately one month with an opening reception as part of the ACSA Conference on October 11th. Guest speaker, Alexandra Lange, will be delivering a keynote. The Schroeder Galleria is in a public space of the museum that is open during regular museum hours.

Camouflage: Architectural Origins Everywhere and Nowhere
Edward Becker, Virginia Tech

GLEEcerin: Notational Models
Alberto de Salvatierra, Joshua Vermillion & Samantha Solano, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Border Game
Lindsay Harkema, Syracuse University

Pascal Hachem & Rana Haddad, American University of Beirut

#nofilter ;)
Justine Humble, California College of the Arts

Undoing the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Dongsei Kim, New York Institute of Technology

Contra-Band: Hidden in Plain Sight
Gregory Spaw, American University of Sharjah & Lee Su Huang, University of Florida

Hedges of the World: Folio Edition
Mira Henry, Southern California Institute of Architecture

Design as Play! The Sea Level Rise Board Game
Gabriel Kaprielian, Temple University

Seeing Double: The Portmanteau Portmanteau
Joseph Altshuler & Zachary Morrison, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A Meditation on the Portmanteau: Overnight Bags for Architecture
Greg Snyder, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ashley Bigham & Erik Herrmann, The Ohio State University

All covered with… (Co-drawing the future city)
Antje K. Steinmuller & Christopher Fallirs, California College of the Arts

About the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning (SARUP) is a vibrant community busy exploring opportunities for making, planning, and building. Approximately 600 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels engage in real-world problem solving while also inventing approaches for projects yet to be imagined. Whether you are creating the future or working to change the world today, SARUP provides the space and faculty to support your agenda.

About the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture whose mission is to lead architectural education and research. ACSA is a nonprofit association of over 200 member schools with a mission to lead architectural education and research. The association maintains a variety of activities including scholarly meetings, workshops, publications, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations.


Amanda Gann
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

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