Material Studies: When Architecture Meets Fashion

A few months ago, fourteen 5th-year architecture students at the University of Southern California (USC) were given an unusual challenge: select two materials, and two only, to design and construct... a Mao jacket.

The results, exhibited at the university on March 7th, were fourteen fascinating experimentations with unusual materials - including everything from rubber erasers to acrylic paint to 5,500 metal Mao pins (shipped direct from China). 

As Lee Olvera, the studio lead, told USC News, “It’s an exploration of program and function. In architecture, we’re called upon to design the skins of buildings all the time. This project infuses our intuitive skills of artistry and aesthetics with the rigor of analytical and performance-based material experimentation to create innovative working solutions."

Check out more images from this unusual studio project, after the break.

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"Penny matches – 41,600 of them – were stuck into plastic crochet mesh by Caroline Duncan. The matches were clipped, one row at a time, to create a fabric of varying heights. The green dots are the matchheads". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page
"Nick Tedesco discovered that it took about 10 hours to hand-sew a square foot of his colored pencil erasers". Image Courtesy of University of South California Flickr Page

Learn more at USC News.

Interested in more Materials? Check out our new US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials.

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Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Material Studies: When Architecture Meets Fashion" 16 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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