Paperclip Studio 2020
Clip, Clamp, Brace, Stitch, & Chain! P2P habitats - made in Austin.
Advanced Design Studio, UT Austin led by Daniel Koehler
Austin is a fast-growing metropole - exactly because Austin keeps on being weird. Austin’s growth is driven by the sheer quantity of its unique, peculiar, and distinct places. Austin exists concurrently, not only through being capital, being the site of renowned institutions, corporations, museums, or master-plan but in its plurality: the simultaneity of all its different situations, moments, and ways of negotiating spaces. More than polycentric, Austin is pluralistic. More unintended and much more bottom-up, the city’s characteristics derive from a co-operative and plural production of space. Today, not by coincidence, Austin is attractive for the tech & start-up scene. Mirroring digital media into the physical realm, here too, residents do not consume but reside the city.
Pushing further, what can we learn from Austin? Reversing the city as the context from where to embed to what to extract, we aim to condense the city into a new form of a building - being plural and peculiar. Building on blockchain technologies, this term, we will investigate common building typologies to compose that what is shared by distributive means only.
Researching by architecture, participants will compute co-operative urban forms and architect distributive computation. Built from participatory capacities, individually or in teams, the studio finalizes with a particular proposal on a specific site in Austin.