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Face-Lifts: New Considerations in Detailing

Credits: UIC School of architecture - ARCH 466 – Spring 2010
Students: Chiu Bentley, Hubert Lauren, Kasper Tommy, Kazmierczak Paul, Krcmarevic Nikola, Milovanovic Igor, Phillips Doug, Sohn John, Sundin Michelle, Szymczak Jon, Tisza John

Contemporary logistics for both design and execution of experimental building envelopes has been accompanied by a paradigm shift in the conceptualization of detailing.

Detailing typically entails applying acquired and transferable knowledge to building conditions. In the modernist tradition, this primarily meant articulating the building skin at its corners. In the contemporary project, a building condition has become a pervasive range of layered qualities and effects. Detailing in this context means designing the range and orchestrating the effects of material assemblies over that range. What is of particular interest here remains the question of transferable knowledge encapsulated in the detailing methodology when designing for a range of effects.

“Re-usables”
are repeatable sequences of critical design operations that like a diagram may be adapted, evolved, or mutated in order to address a range of conditions similar to the ones for which they were initially intended. A re-usable is a quantity of design information that may be stored, archived and retrieved.

Working with “Re-usables” new facades to existing high-rises in Chicago were being tested, treating them as infrastructure whose cores and slabs is still invaluable but whose facades are mostly obsolete and in need of a “face-lift”.