The Spanish architect, artist, and designer Luis Urculo once said, "I no longer know what an architect is and what an architect should do...." This past summer Urculo led one of the design seminars put on at the pastoral French estate Boisbuchet, where he and a group of students investigated some of the limits of the discipline. Their work, captured in the video below, took them out of the studio and into the landscape, allowing them to imagine a strange and magical intersection between art, architecture, sculpture, and performance. Their canvases were no longer paper or galleries or sites, as such, instead bodies of water, existing structures, and sound were the points of departure for the work. We hope Urculo never does full figure out what an architect is meant to do. We also hope he never stops searching for the answer.
January 12, 2012