New York, NY
Formlessfinder believes in architecture. The discipline’s deep—and inevitable—entanglement with a range of social, political, historical, and material forces grants it a productive potential as a catalyst of change that is unique among the many fields that make up our contemporary culture. But if there is one thing holding architecture back today, it is a widespread fixation on form, evidenced in everything from the overt pressure to produce “iconic” monuments that reduces buildings to brands and images to the tendency of green design to reduce urgent ecological concerns to the expression of a symbolic formal language. In contrast to these prevailing trends, our practice is grounded in an exploration of dynamic processes—physical, environmental, and material, but also theoretical and conceptual—that can escape the static certainties of form and push architecture beyond its normal limits. Our studio is truly a finder in the sense that it operates more like a search engine than a traditional design firm, fluidly analyzing a wide range of information and producing diverse outputs (buildings, pictures, videos, models, texts, products, data, software). Our built design work ranges from residential projects to public pavilions, art installations, restaurants, and retail structures.