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Patrick Harrop

May 17th, 2009

Patrick Harrop is a licensed architect and associate professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. Professor Harrop received his undergraduate architecture degree from Carleton University, School of Architecture and his post professional M.Arch degree from the History and Theory program at McGill University in Montreal. He is currently a phd candidate in the Humanities Interdisciplinary program at Concordia University.

His research specialty is in design and digital manufacturing technology. He currently holds the CMRI Chair in Masonry Studies and is the initiator of the Centre for Digital Formation and Visualization at the University of Manitoba.  Professor Harrop currently teaches graduate studios in “time based architecture”, contemporary theory, light and acoustics and advanced computer / manufacturing technology and responsive architecture. Pneuma, an electronic artist collective of Peter Hasdell and Patrick Harrop has exhibited in Montreal, Winnipeg and Shanghai.

My interest in this workshop comes from several perspectives.  (much less ambitious now than described below)
I am interested in developing work based on an expanding scale of related nodes in an environmental setting. From an architectural perspective, this would be to develop a membrane condition over top of architectural substrates complimentary to existing active and passive networks that already form a significant (and long standing) repertoire of environmental mediation. The intent is to develop a further network, with a specific interest in data generated from use and environments both within building systems and external to them, and outside of the canon of traditional architectural sciences. The scales can vary and should be rather flexible from urban, to building to corporeal and to micro scale. As well, this flexibility in scalar metering should carry multicolor and asymmetrical conditions.

As a further layering of architectural substrate, I consider these network nodes to be ornamental (in the traditional sense). This is viewed both in the understanding of ornament as being actuator (a mediator of light, sound etc.) and as a sensor (witness, listener and sensible body). From a material and design perspective, this implies a further level of consideration of the sensor node as an intentional artifact to be crafted and made with artistic intent. Hence, my interest extends beyond the application of existing electronics to surface and substrate to the actual and suggested materiality (and immateriality) of these sensor / actuators. As a consequence I wish to develop work that explores the potential of sensate materials as a palate of architectural expression: this includes but is not limited to conductive materials, voltage regulation etc.

The electronic and sensate qualities of these nodes also have a potential to extend the physical ornamentation into an immaterial realm of energetic expression (heat, electromagnetism and sound). This recalls a sensibility of understanding architectural ornament as a grotesque or monstrous expression of a static form into the realm of the temporal mediation of space and environment. Again, drawing on the network, it is my intention to examine temporal and rhythmic scales of light and sound composition in dialogue with these ornaments.

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