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DESIGN IS HUMAN, June 4-9 2012




6-12 June, 2011


Free to public


OCTANE Coffee Bar
1009-b Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

All About

In the same light the pavilion offers the capacity to be an edge condition of construction. The methodical mode of stacking and maneuvering the edges is in itself on the edge of a mode of construction. The flat stacking method gives way to opportunities for expansion and contraction of the volume between the material. The variable of stacking techniques allow for light to move into the pavilion only through the spaces between the edges transforming the edge condition into an ephemeral effect.

10UP runs through the entire Design Is Human week, 6-12 June 2011 and the public is encourage to visit Edge Condition installation at Octane Coffee Bar, 1009-b Marrietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

It all started three years ago in London.
MA visited the Hairywood public installation situated in Covent Garden Piazza, a popular tourist destination and vibrant part of central London. It soon became evident how the public embraced architecture for the people and how architecture can be fun and inspiring. Hairywood, commissioned by the Architecture Foundation, is a 6a, Eley Kishimoto collaboration, created as a temporary public space and landmark installation. Energized, MA returned to Atlanta with the goal of presenting Atlanta its own public installation, and in 2010 joined forces with YAF Atlanta which led to the creation of 10UP!

Hairywood Tower installation at Covent Garden Piazza in London, 2008

Atlanta, 2011

Each year MA (Modern-Atlanta) hosts Design Is Human, a celebration of architecture and design with a week of events in and around the city of Atlanta.


YAF (Young Architects Forum) 10UP Competition Gives Young Designers the Opportunity to Realize Built Projects that are Published

Organized by YAF Atlanta and now in its second successful year, the goal of 10UP is to design a temporary installation and to create a unique spatial experience while also complimenting the MA (Modern Atlanta) MA11 “Design is Human” event with a large scale design element accessible to hundreds of event patrons. To advocate bold contemporary architecture and design excellence throughout Atlanta in the future, YAF Atlanta is encouraging the opportunity to design and build a temporary outdoor installation. This installation will heighten the purpose and presents fresh perspectives, improving the built environment, in order to construct a more educated and encouraging public. YAF Atlanta, MA, and 10UP sponsors are proud to announce this year’s 10UP winner is EDGE CONDITION.

MA would like to give special thanks to YAF Atlanta, AIA Atlanta, 10UP Jury Panel, 10UP volunteers, , and all the architects and designers who submitted work to the competition.

We would love to see your images and those selected will be added to our 10UP blog. Email you images to .

2011 10UP Winner-Edge Condition

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Edge Condition, Lisa Sauve & Adam Smith, Synecdoche

Edge Condition
Lisa Sauve & Adam Smith, Synecdoche

Utilizing a by-product material as a means of invoking the temporary pavilion with a temporary material wood edges cut from hardwood boards give a standardized object to build upon creating a field in which to inhabit. By operating on the edge of definitive material, neither board nor wood chip, the wood edge becomes the temporal object between two phases.

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In the same light the pavilion offers the capacity to be an edge condition of construction. The methodical mode of stacking and maneuvering the edges is in itself on the edge of a mode of construction. The flat stacking method gives way to opportunities for expansion and contraction of the volume between the material. The variable of stacking techniques allow for light to move into the pavilion only through the spaces between the edges transforming the edge condition into an ephemeral effect.

The standardized one inch thick wood edge and weight of the hardwood compress the stack into a inhabitable nest stabilized by its dimension and assembly. While dis-assembly is the reverse operation, the disposal of the material is a process of returning the wood edges to the hardwood mill as to re enter the recycling process that would otherwise take place.

2nd Place-Air Pavilion

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Air Pavilion, Daekwon Park & Jaegeun Lim

Air Pavilion
Daekwon Park & Jaegeun Lim

The Air Pavilion was conceived as a phantasmal architecture that renders a playful experience to the event patrons as well as a landmark that provides a temporary focal point to the event and the surrounding neighborhood. The inherent concept of the project is to create an architecture of weightlessness and even more, antigravity. Balloons filled with helium, which can in fact “levitate”, was chosen for this reason as the main component to further develop this concept.

The overall form of the Air Pavilion captures the moment of the ‘balloon release event’ which provokes the joyful emotions associated with it. The sense of ‘suspending time’ will be further evoked by the slow and gentle movement of the pavilion as the wind passes by. Configuration-wise, the Air Pavilion consists of a series of floating balloons that are vertically connected together and anchored to the base plate. During the day, the base plate’s reflective surface augments the spatial environment of the pavilion and during the night, the RGB LEDs that are embedded in the base create a dramatic effect through light and color.

3rd Place-BioMASS Production

BioMASS Production, Julie Larsen, Roger Hubeli & Gale Fulton

BIOMASS Production
Julie Larsen, Roger Hubeli & Gale Fulton

Today, many North American cities can be described as ‘thin carpets of habitation’ held together by a ‘green’ matrix. This is the way Rem Koolhaas famously described Atlanta – more akin to a landscape than a classical city – identifying infrastructure and vegetation as its primary ‘contextual givens’. But what is also true is that not all landscapes are equal in the sense of their ecological performance. In fact, Atlanta, like so many other rapidly (sub)urbanizing cities has seen an overall quantitative and qualitative reduction in its urban canopy in recent decades. The former is simply a result of fewer trees being planted than are dying or being removed for new development, and the latter is a result of an over-reliance on fewer species than are necessary to maintain a resilient, heterogeneous system. Rooted in this ecological understanding of the contemporary metropolis, this project proposes an architectural intervention that increases biodiversity in the area through the creation of ‘do-it-yourself ecosystems.’ Utilizing a technology that is as yet underutilized in the United States – seed impregnated, bio-blankets – this entry expands the geography and efficacy of the architectural object/project through the popular lifestyle pursuits of shopping and gardening.

Architecturally, the form of the project is an abstraction of the interior of the massive do-it-yourself centers that now proliferate in cities across the US. Visitors to the site are invited to ‘browse’ the aisles in order to find an ecosystem that meets their particular spatial, aesthetic, and ecological needs and/or desires. Spatially, visitors mingle in the aisles, discussing their particular ecological interests and needs with other visitors – a process that stimulates an interest in a range of possible off-site tactics while simultaneously forming a sense, however fleeting, of collective action towards a larger goal. The architecture is a dynamic structure which changes radically over the course of the week-long installation period as the bio-blankets are removed by visitors. This process also promotes a dynamic experience of the space itself as transparency increases as a result of blanket extractions and contributes to a constantly shifting visual and spatial configuration. Materially, the project extends beyond mere building components and incorporate aspects of the biophysical world such as flora, fauna, and ecosystems into the material territory of architecture.

Ultimately, the project acts as a prototype for a much larger project in which architecture’s innovative and organizational capacities are demonstrated across three distinct scales. At the scale of the site, the architecture organizes affect and commodity. At the middle scale of neighborhood, architecture organizes a new mosaic of ecological landscapes. Finally, at the metropolitan scale, architecture organizes a new bio-physical infrastructure which is a crucial part of the resilient city of the 21st century.

Honorable Mention-Caged Thing

CAGED THING_3Caged Thing, Daekwon Park & Jaegeun Lim

Honorable Mention-Common Threads

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Common Threads, Greg Corso & Molly Hunker

2011 10UP Sponsors

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Special care should be taken in the selection of materials and construction techniques as those that can be prefabricated and assembled quickly (must be assembled within 24 hrs prior to the MA11 “Design is Human” Kickoff and disassembled within 24 hrs of MA11 “Design is Human” Closing) with simple tools and an assembly crew. Modularity is encouraged as pieces and parts of the project should be able to be moved and carried by one or two individuals. Consideration should also be given to the possibility of assembly/disassembly so the installation could potentially be reassembled in other locations in the future.

No more then a 10’-0” x 10’-0” footprint within the site constrains allowed. The height is to be determined by the participant, but all aspects of public safety should be taken into account! The work should be able to stand independently while incorporating safety provisions as defined by local codes. Entries MUST take into account the process of assembly, takedown, portability and transportability. Natural elements can be considered in the design. Although not a requirement, participants are encouraged to engage materiality (the theme of MA11 “Design is Human”/”Design is Material”) and innovative program types.

2012 10UP Sponsor Program
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