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Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann

After Architecture

http://www.after-architecture.com

Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
After Architecture is a design practice dedicated to the power of place. Our creative agenda is centered on conceptions of place, methods of production, and human scale engagement. Working between architecture, design, public art, installations, and furniture, we seek to uncover and build on regional qualities in the built environment, fusing innovative approaches to material, program, and site with native materials, building traditions and histories.

On Solidity


Poche After Transparency

On Solidity


Poche After Transparency
Since Modernism, architects have obsessed over thin surfaces. In the future, only the thick will endure.

For the past century, architects have lauded the surface–smart skins, eco screens, graphic appliques, etc–an obsession which has since disintegrated into a relentless celebration of immaterial, anemic transparency.

We posit that the future of architecture will be more solid. Thick. Strong. Enduring. Fed up with developer economics and building lifespans equivalent to the average canine, the public, the planet, and architects themselves will have to reconsider the durability of buildings. Once attentive to the idea of legacy, architects moved beyond the heft of history in the 20th century. Today, we look to both Europe’s wealth of historical precedents and advances in material science, from the quarries of Carrara to the new composite materials. Now equipped with parametric tools, fabrication equipment, and big data, we can reimagine the ancient building block to produce a lasting 21st century architecture. The present may seem uncertain but the future, like the past, is solid.


On Solidity


Poche After Transparency

On Solidity


Poche After Transparency
Since Modernism, architects have obsessed over thin surfaces. In the future, only the thick will endure.

For the past century, architects have lauded the surface–smart skins, eco screens, graphic appliques, etc–an obsession which has since disintegrated into a relentless celebration of immaterial, anemic transparency.

We posit that the future of architecture will be more solid. Thick. Strong. Enduring. Fed up with developer economics and building lifespans equivalent to the average canine, the public, the planet, and architects themselves will have to reconsider the durability of buildings. Once attentive to the idea of legacy, architects moved beyond the heft of history in the 20th century. Today, we look to both Europe’s wealth of historical precedents and advances in material science, from the quarries of Carrara to the new composite materials. Now equipped with parametric tools, fabrication equipment, and big data, we can reimagine the ancient building block to produce a lasting 21st century architecture. The present may seem uncertain but the future, like the past, is solid.



Idea by

Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann
After Architecture
Princeton, New Jersey
United States of America
After Architecture is a design practice dedicated to the power of place. Our creative agenda is centered on conceptions of place, methods of production, and human scale engagement. Working between architecture, design, public art, installations, and furniture, we seek to uncover and build on regional qualities in the built environment, fusing innovative approaches to material, program, and site with native materials, building traditions and histories.