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AD Interviews: Lateral Office at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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AD Interviews: Lateral Office at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Lateral Office’s work follows its namesake, looking horizontally at problems and solutions across various fields. Exploring the intersections of systems, environment and architecture, the Canadian firm often situates its projects in unusual climatic and topographic conditions, finding ways to consolidate multi-disciplinary problems with multi-disciplinary solutions.

Lateral Office’s exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, “Making Camp” looks at strategies of city planning and adapts them to the wilderness, forming new typologies of the traditional campsite. Like their previous project, Arctic Adaptations (special mention at the Venice Biennale), “Making Camp” explores the way architecture can respond to, and take advantage of nature, simultaneously preserving and using the natural environment.

AD Interviews: Lateral Office at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, "Closed Loop" for Making Camp. Image © Tom Harris, © Hedrich Blessing. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
"Closed Loop" for Making Camp. Image © Tom Harris, © Hedrich Blessing. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The exhibit displays five hypothetical campsites: Closed Loop, Thermal Layers, Suspend, Off-Grid and Lookout, each taking advantage of a site’s unique characteristics to create a more immersive, communal camping experience.

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Cite: Eric Oh. "AD Interviews: Lateral Office at the Chicago Architecture Biennial" 08 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/781057/ad-interviews-lateral-office-at-the-chicago-architecture-biennial/> ISSN 0719-8884

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