Camouflage (2): Reformulating Identity for the New Dia

AAD Studio

Summer 2012

Phu Hoang, critic, with Sarah Carpenter

The studio researched and investigated architectural forms of camouflage. Camouflage is ubiquitous in the built environment—from the scale of cities, to the scale of infrastructural networks, to the scale of architecture. It has been adapted from natural phenomena or military use into various forms of cultural expression and new identities. The studio researched camouflage extensively for the opportunities that it presented in forming both conceptual and architectural arguments. Rather than simply focusing on acts of concealment, the ability of camouflage to reformulate, or otherwise transform, identities were highlighted.

Each student proposed scenarios in which their architecture of camouflage was tested in the design of a new Dia museum in Chelsea. From Duchamp to Warhol, art techniques have demonstrated the ability of camouflage to manipulate visual boundaries through the careful juxtaposition of objects—with the end result of reformulating visual identity. The studio’s investigations for a new Dia museum also drew from the history of camouflage in art in order to invent spatial opportunities for the museum. The new Dia requires a reformulation of its identity—as a cultural organization as well as the relationship it embodies between contemporary art and architecture.

Xinran Ma + Yu Zheng A/B
Yuri Jeong + Ni Zhang C/D/E