In the urban design codex, we represent the voids -that are the streets and squares- in white while the constructions and buildings are represented as solid in black. This vision of the full and the empty is false because in reality the “solid” are empty too. They are the empty interior spaces without mass, with no inertia, with the exception of a few tens of centimeters thick walls of facades. Urban space is actually composed only by voids that are partitioned with thin walls. Our proposal for Storefront is to engage in the plan of the city a real full, thick solid material that can accumulate in it the freshness in his heavy inertia. We propose to fill the entire empty space of the Storefront Gallery of a material with very high thermal capacity ?C with high heat storage to accumulate in the gallery the coldness of the night and the winter for rebroadcast during summer, like a cave or a fortress of the Middle Ages.
Philippe Rahm is architect and principal in the office of Philippe Rahm architectes, based in Paris. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide including Archilab, Orléans, France 2000; SF-MoMA 2001; CCA Kitakyushu 2004; Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2003-2006 and 2007; Manifesta 7, 2008; Louisiana museum, Denmark, 2009; and Guggenheim Museum, New-York 2010. He currently holds the Jean Labatut Professorship at Princeton University. He has lectured widely, including at Harvard School of Design, Cooper Union, UCLA and the ETH Zürich. Rahm is also currently working on several projects in France, Taiwan, Italy and Germany. His recent work in 2011 included the first prize for the 69ha Taichung Gateway Park in Taiwan, an office building of 13000 m2 in La Défense in France for the EPADESA, and a convective condominium for the IBA in Hamburg, Germany.
The summer benefit architecture drawing auction includes work newly commissioned by Storefront for Art & Architecture for the Aesthetic/Anasthetic exhibition on display until July 28, 2012. Each drawing depicts the Storefront Gallery space at 97 Kenmare, from the perspectives of a diverse group of emerging and established architects worldwide. The drawings reveal a different aspect of the space and are representative of the generative properties of the architect's drawing. All proceeds will support Storefront's exhibitions and programs.
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