Lance LaVine, Professor
- Technology and Design
- Elemental Form
- Philosophical Premises: Pattern in Seminal Architecture
After having earned a B.Arch from the University of Minnesota, Lance LaVine attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a M.Arch as well as a Master of City Planning. A Registered Architect, he has been pursuing sponsored research on the reduction of energy consumption through architectural design. His concern for technology is seen in published work such as "What is architectural about technology?" Professor LaVine teaches lecture courses in technology as well as studio courses.
Our design research explores the growth of surface complexity through careful attention to program and technical performance criteria. We contend that purposeful difference along the length of an architectural surface can offer locally fine-tuned solutions to the fluctuating situational needs of occupants. This approach is in direct opposition to conventional construction logic. Therefore, our materials research challenges traditional, static construction methods, replacing them with flexible techniques that produce inexpensive, differentiated surfaces. While this type of research is not new, our recent approach to building difference through dynamic mold making is.