Haptic Students feature in Blueprint

Three of Haptic's Architectural Assistants have work featured in the September issue of Blueprint

Patrick Horne - Duquesneland
A witty and visually arresting take on architecture and politics, Horne began with an interpretation of the Washington Mall as a theme park: Playing Politics. Acts of power were translated into attractions and represented as a 3D map. The enjoyment that he has taken from the development of this idea into Duquesneland - a theme park of Pittsburgh's industrial history - was infectious. Drawings show hyper-real views over moving forests that create a spectacle of the everyday. The revealed manipulations of his scenes remind us that the city is wilfully fabricated, and potentially ripe for subversion. Holly Lewis

Marcus Stockton - Space Craft
Space Craft questions the significance of 100 million 'amateur block architects' constructing worlds in the virtual environment of Minecraft. Considering that the top 100 practices in the world employ only some 31,000 real-life architects, it's worth acknowledging that we are significantly outnumbered by these constructive gamers! The project proposed use of gaming rules as a method of crowdsourced city planning in Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay. Eerie, but compelling, the vision Stokton created is one that is as utopian in its democratic aspirations as it is unnerving in its aesthetic outcomes. Holly Lewis

As a child I lost myself in Treasure Island. Something about Stokton's illustrations transported me back there instantly. They are also visually compelling tapestry artworks in their own right. These multidimensional masses of painterly pixel blocks are conglomerated into densely layered patchwork landscapes that afford endless opportunities for visual exploration. It was easy to become immersed in their hypothetical world and imagine the delights and terrors to be discovered within. I have never played Minecraft but Stokton's work made me really want to try it! Sam McElhinney

Luke Scott - 'an alternative civic archetype'
In a context of visually frenetic and at times cacophonous effort, Scott's near monochromatic models of 'an alternative civic archetype' acted as a moment of calm control. These assemblages of stairs, podiums, arches and mirrors amalgamated the activation of a Popova stage set with the symbology of Soane's curiosities, by way of an optical physicist's light bench. We were invited to contemplate their role as subversive civic apparatus wherein 'stone monoliths are mobilised by crowds and apparently mobile objects are fixed in position'; the aim being to dissolve strictly delineated rituals of governance, action and occupation. The potential of such intent will likely remain untested in reality but these delightful instruments were no less sophisticated or aspirational as a result. Sam McElhinney

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