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Caterina Tiazzoldi

Instant Installation 

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Instant Installation by Caterina Tiazzoldi GSAPP Columbia University
Participating Students: Constantinou Christos, Gianpapa Eleni, Koutalianou
Andriana Marie.

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 and architecture.

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 Museum.

Assembly logic

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.

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(Above) Preliminary Install Shots made at Columbia University 

(Below) Proposal Images Slated for ArtLab installation


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