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New Cadavre Exquis
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New Cadavre Exquis


Honorable Mention, 2017 BEST OF DESIGN AWARD, The Architect's Newspaper


Year: 2017
Project team: Neyran Turan, Isabella Warren-Mohr, Keenan Gravier, Zhifei Xu.


New Cadavre Exquis speculates on architecture’s materiality in the context of digital accumulation. The project consists of four architectural assemblies, which are created via a sampling process of digital readymades ranging from everyday objects, building elements, primitive forms and natural features from the 3D Warehouse—an online open source digital library of more than 2 million 3D models. While depicting the formation of an architectural project from the accumulation of digital excess from the 3D Warehouse to the building material debris, the project positions architectural materiality within a time span from construction, maintenance, ruination, demolition, and waste. Critically reflecting on our culture’s addiction to accumulation, New Cadavre Exquis re-stages the making of digital images as part of architecture’s materiality. It builds alternative linkages between architecture, digital media, and materiality, and opens up a range of aesthetic and political concerns for architectural and public imagination.

Project made possible by a support from Berkeley Center for New Media.