Architecture+Design at the boundary of logic+poetry / sensation+imagination
Gerard Nadeau, AIA, LEED AP
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Morning Song/Evening Song, Center City, Springfield, MO.
is a comprehensive design practice embracing public art, residential, commercial and retail construction. Focused on the role
of design and construction in enhancing meaning in our lives, we believe that sensitivity and innovation are our most important
assets. Fully engaged with issues of contemporary life, we listen carefully to our clients, and bring value to their projects
through an inquisitive and synthetic approach to program, site and construction that re-imagines possibilities in service
to client needs and aspirations.
9 Feb 13
Morning Song/Evening Song
1:24 pm est
Morning Song/Evening Song gathers 288 Springfield residents in a gesture
of rejuvenation, creating a cacophony of bird-like song to celebrate the dawn at a brownfield site scheduled to become an
urban park, and to celebrate the night at the recently renovated Park Central Square in the center of downtown, two sites
half a mile apart in Center City.
Morning Song/Evening Song
comprises two separate events, each event a gathering of 144 Springfield, MO, residents of all ages, each person or child
in possession of an Audubon Bird Call, a simple birch wood and metal instrument operated by twisting a zinc plug inside a
turned wood dowel. The first gathering will occur in the morning at dawn on a brown-field site in the Springfield Center City
that is the proposed location of West Meadows Park, still several years away. The second gathering will occur at dusk in Park
Central Square in the heart of downtown Springfield several blocks away, as an event during that month’s First Friday
Art Walk. In each instance the participants will arrange themselves in a loose grid with everyone standing about 6 feet apart
in each direction, over an area approximately 576 square yards (about a third of a football field). Once in place, the participants
will begin making bird calls in sequence, with each participant calling over a very carefully determined duration of time.
The work will begin silence, broken at first by one individual song, increasing as a scattered music of call and response
with the sound growing over the course of about 15 minutes into a crescendo of bird calls before fading into a single voice
with a return to silence. The morning event will coincide with the rising of the sun, and the potential of framing the dawn
with the Grant Ave. overpass as a backdrop. The evening event will coincide with sunset, with the light hopefully catching
the tops of the taller buildings on the square as the Square itself fades into shadow. The bird-song component of each event
will last 30 minutes. A videographer will record each event, and edit a video of each for posting on YouTube. Participants
will be allowed to keep their bird calls.
The installation is scheduled
for March 7 & 8, 2014.
19 Sep 10
1:51 am edt
access to the water sheet and a new form of conveyance across Fort Point Channel to the south of Summer Street as a variation
of the Channel's celebrated mechanical bridges.
comprise pairs of counter rotating diaphragms, hinged together at a center pivot and to other pairs, supported by standard
dock floats. A rack and pinion mechanism engages vertical pilings or the Channel sea wall to harness the kinetic rising and
falling with the tides, extending and retracting the Piers. As the tides lift and drop the floating Piers, pinions located
at the pier anchorage engage a vertical rack fixed to either the sea wall or pilings. A drive train translates the rotation
of the pinions to the anchored ends of the Pier platforms, spreading or contracting the Pier ends and retracting or extending
the Piers. The switchback ramp system required to bring visitors from the top of the sea wall down to the water sheet shares
the visual language of the criss-crossed Pier diaphragms. Each Diurnal Pier will have LED illumination at its joints
adding to the after dark glitter of lights on the Channel, emphasizing the compression and the extension of the Pier through
the changing distances between the lights as the Piers extends and retracts. Eventually different Pier configurations and
pairings could activate the Channel along its entire length, with various programs such as fresh water swimming pools or beverage
and food bars deployed on floating platforms attached to the ends of the piers.
Diagram showing the changing Boston
shoreline and movable Channel bridges.
Our proposal acknowledges the incredible importance of Boston's seafaring past by alluding to both
the piers that bristled from the city's shores, and to the unique bridges that opened and closed as cargo vessels shipped
with the tides. The Fort Point Channel bridges are a national engineering treasure, represent an incredibly diverse and imaginative
negotiation of conveyances on land and water, the mechanisms of turning gears, wheels, and counterweights echoing the Newtonian
clockwork of the solar system, the diurnal rotations of the earth and moon that gives us the cycles of the tides, syncopated
with day and night, work and play. The piers extend out into the water as a celebration of voyage and crossing, the reach
of imagination, a freight of ideas, and the possibility of reconciling technological aspirations with an experience of the
Deployment of 1"=1'-0" prototype
in the Charles River.
Special thanks to Beth Baniszewski, Michael Kyes, David Porter, David Rubino, and James Vayo.
14 Sep 09
8:21 pm edt
The MetaLoom is a project
conceived in the spirit of collaboration at the convergence of weaving and architecture. It is a project about invention,
creation and community as core constituents of human culture, a response to the disaffections of consumerism and spectacle,
and a reassertion of the individual’s role in and contribution to society. A space and mechanism of communal effort,
facilitating and amplifying the engagement of our bodies with built form and the process of constructing, the MetaLoom is
performance, sculpture and device for making art.
Art and Music Festival, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Evoking the heavy timber construction
of New England mill buildings and the looms of Herman Melville’s description “A Bower in the Arsacides”
in Moby-Dick, the
first iteration of the Metaloom is a 12’H x 16’W x 5’D two harness weaving loom constructed of lumber (mostly
fir) and metal hardware, comprising a warp as ruled surface between two discontinuous, oppositely curved beams suspended within
a rectilinear frame. This Metaloom is an expression and exploration of community --and our fundamental shared humanity--
through a project combining weaving traditions with architectural considerations at a scale capable of activating public space.
Designed specifically for a public, interactive installation at Webster Hall in New York City, but with the flexibility to
be exhibited elsewhere, the Metaloom is of a collective scale, requiring group effort to construct as well as operate. At
the scale of architecture, the space and operation of the loom fully engage the body of the weaving participant. To operate
the Metaloom, participants must step into it, and into the fold of the warp, the weight of their bodies depressing the treadles
which constitute the floor of the space, shifting the harnesses overhead which, with a dramatic swish, flip the shed of the
continuous vertical warp. You must insert your hands into the space of the shed to pass the shuttle. There is no beater so
you must use your fingers as combs to compact the weft. Portions of the loom are so wide that a single individual cannot weave
on it; you must pass the shuttle to a companion to continue, from one end to the other, back and forth. You can stroll along
the warp inside the loom, running your hand over the threads as if playing a harp. To encourage the broadest range of participation,
two of the six treadles are designed wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. The piece is important not so much in the way
it refers to competing notions of the origins of space making –timber frame or woven surface? Laugier or Semper?—but
in the way it engages the participant in the collaborative creation and utilization of space, of literal and metaphorical
shelter, employing fundamental technologies so widespread and ancient as to constitute material analogies to Carl Jung’s
“collective unconsciousness.” The Metaloom guides us away from the misconception that these technologies, through
their associations with pre-industrial culture, are somehow non-technological and therefore “natural,” while seeking
to reaffirm the mytho-poetic status of a domesticated technology which was once so pervasive and important that it represented
both a way of life and a metaphor for living. The intended weft of the Metaloom is decidedly post-industrial: film from home
movies, old home video tapes superseded by DVD, cassette tapes of favorite music kept for sentimental reasons, shredded or
unraveled clothing…mass-produced threads which once situated individual identity within the collective, recycled as
individual contributions to a post-consumer work of communal art.
Textile Arts Center, New York.
MetaLoom is an ontological machine, providing a powerful physical metaphor for the integration of cyclical and linear time
within a folded, constantly becoming boundary of space.
Block", Webster Hall, New York City, as part of the 2009 Obie Awards celebration.
MetaLoom installations done in collaboration with Textile Art Center,
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