Design Miami/ 2013

Design Miami Tent Pile being constructed, photo by Michael Landsberg

Global forum for design, Miami, 4-8 December.
Today Design Miami / kikcks off. A certain eye-catcher is the public environment at the entrance to the fair, a pavilion called ‘Tent Pile’, designed by NY-based studio Formlessfinder. “Tent Pile refers to two phenomena very particular to Miami, the ubiquity of sand, the material Miami is literally built upon, and Miami’s architectural vernacular, a kind of tropical post-war modernism, with distinctive hybrid indoor/outdoor spaces, often covered by emblematic cantilevered roofs” Design Miami / director Marianne Goebl says.
“The Design Commission in Miami is meant to specifically shed light on emerging American talents. We were intrigued by formlessfinder’s “formless” approach and convinced that they would respond in a surprising and thoughtful way to our context: a temporary structure, which is meant to function as a public space for a large audience”, Marianne Goebl explains the choice for Formlessfinder. ”The ‘Tent Pile’ pavilion brings an intensely architectural intervention to Design Miami/, inventing a new building typology to provide shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for the city’s public.”
For Formlessfinder-founders Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose the name of their studio is no coincidence:“It´s in part because our studio operates as a ‘finder’ in the sense of an app or a search engine, something that can fluidly analyze a wide range of inputs and produce diverse outputs (buildings, pictures, videos, models, texts, products, information). Traditional distinctions between media disappear: a video might become a kind of drawing or a software program a way of constructing an argument. But across this range, our approach to the formless is always grounded in an exploration of the physical processes, materials, and structures that we see as the fundamental building blocks of architecture.”
Formlessfinder prioritizes the use of available materials, committing to deploy them in ways that allow for reuse, an approach that produces what they refer to as “an architecture that can go from nothing to something and back again”. All the components of the pavilion can be recycled or repurposed.The pyramid of 500 tons of sand, for example, will be donated to the City of Miami Beach to replenish the beaches.
Design Miami entrance, photo by Michael Landsberg
Design Miami entrance, photo by Michael Landsberg
Design Miami entrance, photo by Michael Landsberg