BLUE TAPE, the winning proposal of an international competition to design an Architecture School adjacent to the American University in Dubai, “is a vertical re-imagining of the typical architecture school typology.” Submitted by USC alumni Evan Shieh and Ali Chen, BLUE TAPE, which transforms a horizontal pin-up space into a vertical ‘conceptual connector,’ is inspired by USC’s ‘Blue Tape Reviews’ (their method of pinning up work for design reviews).
BLUE TAPE’s core concept is that of the pin-up space, which organizes and stacks larger programs like studios, classrooms, workshops, events and gallery spaces, an auditorium, and a library.
“These public programs become conceptual extensions of the Pin-Up spine,” write Shieh and Chen, “expressed on the façade of the tower as formal ‘voids,’ serving as a symbolic and public expression of a continuous space of ‘academia.’”
The studios, which are a critical programmatic element, “take the language of a formal ‘solid’ in contrast to
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