Capp Street Project: Asymptote
Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid of Asymptote Architecture (New York) are the Capp Street Project artists-in-residence at the San Francisco campus of the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) for spring 2000.
Increasingly, computer-based design is replacing traditional drawings and models in architecture. Founded in 1989, Asymptote Architecture has been at the forefront of this trend, with projects that range from computer-generated environments and architectures to spatial experimentation and installations, to more traditional building and urban design.
Couture and Rashid will be on site for three 10-day sessions, during which they will offer lectures and other learning opportunities to CCAC students. The installation, which is being created specifically for CCAC, is designed to encourage the exploration of the relationship between form and space. Perhaps best known for the 3DTF, a virtual trading floor for the New York Stock Exchange, Asymptote is currently designing a Technology Museum in Kyoto, Japan, the Guggenheim Center for Art and Technology in New York and the Guggenheim Virtual Museum; the firm is also designing a line of furniture for Knoll. The Guggenheim Virtual Museum was recently described by Surface magazine as "a three-dimensional edifice (with a 'www' zip code), rather than a traditional museum website intended to provide information about a physical locale."
Asymptote has exhibited work and constructed installations in various venues, including Artists Space, New York; Aedes Gallery, Berlin; the Künsthalle, Vienna; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museé des Beaux Arts, Chartres, France; Pavilion d'Arsenal, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal; and the 1996 Venice Biennale. Asymptote's work will be exhibited in the Venice Biennale in June 2000.
Lise Anne Couture received a master of architecture from Yale University in 1986. She is on the faculty of the department of architecture at Parsons School of Design and at Columbia University. Hani Rashid received a master of architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is an adjunct associate professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planing at Columbia University.