About the Project
Land.Tiles is an articulated contoured topography consisting of 140 concrete cast and textured blocks manufactured through a process of CNC milling and vacuum formed plastic. The project was designed by PATTERNS principal Marcelo Spina in collaboration with the Land.Cro.Sy.Rials seminar class at SCI-ARC. Land.Tiles is the outcome of the research and development of an emergent generation of highly integrated, environmentally-sensitive, contour-responsive erosion control and landscape consolidation systems. Portrayed as an “actively affective landscape micro environment,” the installation includes a circuitry of continuous water flow that stimulates severe and shifting conditions. The project duration of six months allows structural, surface, and vegetation conditions to be monitored over an extended period of time.
Land.Tiles was a landscape micro system designed by PATTERNS under the direction of Marcelo Spina in collaboration with SCI-Arc students participating in the Land.Cro.Sy.Rials Seminar.
About the Architect
Marcelo Spina is a Design Faculty Member at SCI-Arc and is the founder and principal of PATTERNS, a Design Research Architectural Practice based in Los Angeles and Argentina. The aim of PATTERNS is the manufacturing of artificially singular environments characterized by their full proximity and intimacy with the systems and forces that influence and rhythm everyday material life. Limited edition of 200 Land.Tiles exhibition books are for sale, featuring a forward by Michael Speaks, with a complete description of design, fabrication, and installation process in perfect bound book conceived and designed by hostcell.