Archive for July, 2012

“Spaces of Utopia/Dystopia” Seminar


Last weekend Situ presented some recent work on the Forensic Architecture project as part of the exhibition Troubling Spaces at the Zabludowicz Collection in London. The exhibition was curated by Helga Just Chistoffersen and Natasha Marie Llorens.

Photo: Tim Bowditch

Our talk focused on the ever increasing use of “Non-Lethal” weapons for operations in urban environments and situations of civil unrest. Two case studies were presented in which we explored the use of civilian video and photography in relation to the evolving and often murky legal contexts this type of warfare engenders. One of the case studies (above) is part of a report we are working on with Francesco Sebregondi of the Center for Research Architecture on the use of Air Burst White Phosphorus munitions in highly populated environments.

Photo: Tim Bowditch

On Friday, artist Avi Mugrabi screened his film Z32 and on Saturday he presented some of the work he is doing with the organization Breaking the Silence.

Photo: Tim Bowditch

Tom Keenan, Director of the Human Rights Project at Bard College, led a discussion on Sunday on the subject of battle and media-spaces of the Internet during the conflicts in Kosovo and Iraq.

Digital-Fossil-Reconstruction Software Tests


We’ve been making progress on the Digital-Fossil-Reconstruction project that we are working on for Adam Maloof’s new lab at Princeton University. Most recently we purchased the surface grinder that will serve as the center piece of the lab and will begin working on the hardware retrofit in the coming weeks. While we wait for the grinder to arrive we’re experimenting with some pretty incredible software that allows us to convert stacks of photographs into a 3d digital model by converting each successive image’s pixels into 3d voxels. This software, called Avizo Fire, is mostly used for applications in x-ray computed tomography but we are appropriating it for optical imagery reconstuction. Check out the video below, a test we ran on some of the images we had of the Trezona rock samples….pretty amazing tool!

Avizo from Situ Studio on Vimeo.

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People


For the past few months we’ve been developing prototypes for an upcoming exhibition we are designing in collaboration with our neighbors MTWTF titled “Hava Nagila: A Song for the People” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The exhibition, which will open on September 13th, explores the history of this song from its origins in 19th century Ukraine all the way through its diverse and eclectic contemporary incarnations.  Below are a few mock-ups that we have been working on that incorporate content from the exhibition as laser etched images and text into carpet tile. Much of the exhibition material will be displayed this way. We will be posting more progress on this project in the coming weeks. Thank you to FLOR for joining as material sponsor of this exhibition.

Dutchess County Residence


Last month Situ Fabrication produced a media cabinet and bed frame designed by Allied Works Architecture for a residence in upstate New York. The media cabinet is built out of stainless steel and custom mahogany and white oak plywood. The doubly-curved chamfer on the cabinet faces reveals the alternating layers of the plywood and allows access to the integrated door pulls.

The bed frame is made out of solid walnut with composite metal on chamfered faces.

More photos of the project are available here.


Leila Heller Gallery Desk


Situ Fabrication recently completed a reception desk designed by Hariri & Hariri for the Leila Heller Gallery. The desk is made of fiberglass reinforced plywood with Corian worksurfaces and can either function as two separate tables or come together into one crystalline form.

More photos of the project are available here.

Syria: Torture Centers Revealed


Human Rights Watch recently released a report titled, “Torture Archipelago: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances in Syria’s Underground Prisons since March 2011.” The report, based on more than 200 interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch with former detainees (including women, children, and elderly), outlines the extent of torture and ill-treatment at 27 identified detention facilities throughout Syria and recognizes the intelligence agencies responsible. Situ Studio and Forensic Architecture produced a series of diagrams depicting the overcrowded cell conditions in comparison with the international prison guidelines established by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (see below).

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