SEAN GAFFNEY | CHRISTINA NGUYEN

New York, NY

UNEARTH   Dec 2, 2015 at a campaign rally in Manassas, VA: Boy: "So you’re going to build the wall? What’s it going to be made out of?" Trump: "I tell you what it’s going to be made of, it’s going to be made of hardened concrete, and it’s going to be made out of rebar and steel. And you know, it’s so easy. That’s what I do."   The blanket statements made by Trump disregard virtually all aspects of this complex issue other than materiality. The imprint left here is an artifact of the varying landforms such a panoptic wall would encase; 1,954 miles of vast deserts, mountains, cities, canyons and lakes are compressed into a single monolith.

UNEARTH

 

Dec 2, 2015 at a campaign rally in Manassas, VA:

Boy: "So you’re going to build the wall? What’s it going to be made out of?"

Trump: "I tell you what it’s going to be made of, it’s going to be made of hardened concrete, and it’s going to be made out of rebar and steel. And you know, it’s so easy. That’s what I do."

 

The blanket statements made by Trump disregard virtually all aspects of this complex issue other than materiality. The imprint left here is an artifact of the varying landforms such a panoptic wall would encase; 1,954 miles of vast deserts, mountains, cities, canyons and lakes are compressed into a single monolith.

Sean Gaffney is a practicing architect in New York. He received his Bachelor's Degree from The Cooper Union School of Architecture, where he was awarded the Menschel Grant and is now a visiting instructor. He has practiced at the offices of Bernard Tschumi and Marvel Architects. He is the co-editor of Construction Matters.

Christina Nguyen is a practicing architect in New York. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida and he Master's Degree from Columbia GSAPP, where she was awarded Excellence in Design. She has taught courses at Columbia University and was a guest lecturer at the Guggenheim. She has practiced in the offices of Lyn Rice Architects, Arquitectonica, and Rockwell Group.

Together they work within the boundaries of the natural and built environment, striving to create an equilibrium between the two. Their work was recently exhibited at the Boston Society of Architects, where the temporary pavilion Duck-Work demonstrated the structural challenge of fabricating post-tensioned laminated plywood slabs that taken on variable geometries to construct a new ground plane.

 

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