Kyle Branchesi

kyle_b@mit.edu

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SCALEFULNESS

RECOGNITION

KROB Architectural Delineation Finalist

Drawing of the Year Book, Aarhus School of Architecture

Drawing Futures Conference, The Bartlett School of Architecture

View Book, The Southern California Institute of Architecture

500 Words, Los Angeles Forum for Art and Architecture

The city, as we have come to know any city, is a homogeneous soup. Bound, gagged and gasping for air, it no longer represents us, it no longer represents our thinking, but it lives with us and some say we are stuck with it. The qualities of its buildings are designed but are of no importance. They are so minutely different; they might as well not be different at all. 


SCALEFULNESS is an attempt to undermine the conditions laid out by those that gave the 20th-century city its shape. SCALEFULNESS produces an architecture at a scale beyond their scope. To place architecture back in the city one must avoid the ground altogether. It must develop away, above, and around the city, but never in the city.


SCALEFULNESS plays with colossal differences: of scales, of morphologies, of effects, of eligibilities, and of indices within its territory. 


SCALEFULNESS is aware of the conditions below and laughs at them. The streets that make up the city below are built with cowardice, SCALEFULNESS doesn’t know that it is arbitrary, the city above takes pride in knowing that it is. 


Allergic to the ground, SCALEFULNESS is ambivalent about the ambivalent. The city above derives its character from objects taken from the city below. Generic objects are re-deployed to become newly unfamiliar environments: The soda bottle house, the watch gear office complex. The ballerina tchotchke cul-de-sac, the tea kettle neighborhood, the pistol grip district, SCALEFULNESS is the City of The Cold Press Juicer. 


The city below is present only through a vague glimpse under one's feet. Duck boats span between lakes of grids, mountains are bound by radii, as stacks of suburbia are separated by motor grills. 


Arrogant it is, and inconceivable it must appear, SCALEFULNESS believes it could not care less about context, it believes it demonstrates no awareness of siting. It believes it doesn't give a fuck about scale. But SCALEFULNESS does, because awareness of ambivalence is just as important as ambivalence itself. 


SCALEFULNESS acts selfishly, only investing in its own qualities, in its own relationships and in its own nonsense. SCALEFULNESS is unaware of its misgivings; it sees itself as an edifice but behaves like a city. 


SCALEFULNESS is represented within five panes, in a forced perspective that gives depth while never showing the full depth, size, or limitations of itself. The color used within the drawings removes the reality of the city above and forces its juxtaposition with the redundant, grey city below.