Roundhouse Platform is a collaboration between designers, educators and curators Noemie Despland-Lichtert and Brendan Sullivan Shae, dedicated to investigating cycles of change in architectural production, the perception, documentation, and preservation of site-specific histories and the development of sustainable construction materials and techniques.
Roundhouse Platform creates events, workshops, games, models, small buildings and installations. Their work is characterized by a playful, albeit methodical, investigation of its context and careful, low impact yet meaningful interventions. In their build projects, they focus on reused and recycled material, such as paper pulp and paper mache, and low cost, low carbon construction methods. Roundhouse Platform was formed as an inclusive and interdisciplinary platform; their approach and practice draws from different disciplines, visual art, landscape and architecture to create works that resonate beyond categories. Intersecting artistic production, research, and social practice, the platform seeks to activate public engagement with site-specific histories, the cultural commons, and urban/rural spheres.
Founders Despland-Lichtert and Shea previously taught architecture at The School of Architecture (formerly known as Taliesin West,) Texas Tech University, and University of Southern California. Their workshops, curatorial projects, and urban labs have been supported by the Graham Foundation, Wikipedia, LA as Subject, USC Special Collections, and WuHo.
View more of Brendan and Noemie's work at roundhouseplatform.com.
PRE-CRETACEOUS / POST-CONSUMER (2023)
Pre-Cretaceous / Post-Consumer is a zero-waste, reversible architecture project that seeks to raise awareness about the material flows of prehistoric geology and contemporary waste in Moab, Utah. Localized research and design ideas for the temporary re assembly of cardboard bales into a public seating installation were collected in a free zine, released and presented with an accompanying artist talk while in-residence. Roundhouse also hosted a free, family-friendly workshop, encouraging attendees to examine their relationships to
trash and geology.
The booklet is linked below or can be accessed by clicking here!