Instant Installation by Caterina Tiazzoldi GSAPP Columbia University
Participating Students: Constantinou Christos, Gianpapa Eleni, Koutalianou
An environment in which the configuration of geometry and layering of materiality
are conceived to encourage and to solicit visitors' curiosity and reaction. Instant
Installation is an adaptive extensible rubber installation. It is a spatial generator;
a playful environment inviting visitors to play with the vibrancy of rubber layering.
To move in an exhilarating non-orientable space continuously revealing and hiding
the presence of other people.
• The project proposed for the Art Lab Installation, at Memphis Museum, will focus
on a technique developed within the frame of the research Lab NSU at the Graduate
School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
Instant Installation explores the research "performative modulation" to achieve an
innovative adaptive prefabricated system.
The concept connects a unique spatial experience with a highly innovative and cost
efficient assembly type. Instant installation challenges the relation between space
The proposed technique allows to develop a time and cost efficient strategy so to
obtain and design a engaging and playful space for the Art Lab Installation at Memphis
Instant Installation will be realized with latex tubing and customized prefabricated
metal rails that permit to articulate the space. These rails are products directly
importable from an adaptive parametric 3D model. This technique allows to obtain a
very precise geometrical set; in this way it is possible to achieve easily installed
complex geometries. The rails system can be quickly plugged into the space. The whole
structure can be assemble and disassemble easily and quickly. It's a project reinventing
the performative, material, social, and educational possibilities of temporary exhibit
spaces, creating visitor involvement into the space. Materials • Latex tubing; • Metal
rail with customized perforation responding to the geometry of the model (produced
at GSAPP Columbia University); • Hooks.
Project Leadear: Caterina Tiazzoldi – Non Linear Solutions Unit GSAPP Columbia University
Teaching Asssistant: Amy Maresko
Caterina Tiazzoldi is an award winning interdisciplinary architecture and design practice
which work is characterized by the strong interaction between professional practice
and the research she develops as director of the research lab NSU at Columbia University.
The firm work in the field architectural design, interior design (retail and office
spaces), set design, urban installations and public art and strategic thinking.
Caterina Tiazzoldi / Nuova Ordentra is a cluster based studio which collaborative
network includes urban planners; structural engineers, environmental engineers and
mechanical engineers, interaction designers, graphic designers and scientists. Caterina
Tiazzoldi was Nominated at Cooper Hewitt Museum National Design Award , she won the
Architetture Rivelate Awardand was finalist for the Renzo Piano Award for a Young
Italian Talent. She has been invited to particiapte to several events and museums
such as the Saint Etienne Biennale, Boston Design Museum, Soho Digital Gallery, Cité
de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, Honour Guest at Salone Satellite with
Columbia University, Architecture and Design Film Festival Tribeca, Made Expo, Experimenta
Design Lisbon, Torino World Design Capital, Young Talent Selection Temporary Museum
for New Design.
Caterina Tiazzoldi teaches at the GSAPP at Columbia University in New York and various
universities in from all over the world. Caterina Tiazzoldi / Nuova Ordentra clients
include: property developers, publicly limited companies, local authorities, charitable
trusts, a school, a dental clinique, a coffee company, fashion brands, landed estates,
hotels, museums and private individuals.
Her works have been published in several international magazines such as Domus, Elle
Decor, Frame, Icon, Interni, Wall Paper, Interior Design, La Stampa, La Repubblica,
Metropolis, Sole 24 ore, Vogue, Vanity Fair, books Taschen, Thames and Hudson, Birkauser,
Links Books, Gestalten and more than 80.000 blogs.
(Above) Preliminary Install Shots made at Columbia University
(Below) Proposal Images Slated for ArtLab installation