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Extraction Lab

The Extraction Laboratory is where architects go to remember whatever the hell is relevant, research-driven and worthy of dissemination on new platforms. Informational outreach, ideas exposition, technique prototyping… these cannot be left to external agents, they must be embedded as constituent parts of a new architectural practice. The laboratory is not so interested in the latest technological hype, but on using the latest environmental technology in an off-label way to foster architectural understanding, community involvement and environmental awareness, - both inside and outside the discipline(s).

The laboratory produces arresting short films, documentary loops, architectural earworms, e-books, ibooklets, VR-pamphlets, structures and archetypes; all in collaboration generating sticky—intensely memorable, magnetic, even addictive— architectural, technological and community information. Virtual realities and physical—analogues are parallel agents used to inspire, irritate and ignite new dialogues and modes of cross-disciplinary outreach and creation.

The laboratory reboots and redefines research trajectories. It rekindles passions and showcases the superlative. It operates at both ends of the psychometric response scale—in spatial rather than linear ways— as event structures. It’s a satellite spinning out and broadcasting diverse projects in vibrant and visual ways.

There are 7 Rules of Extraction:

  1. State of Affairs: Futurity demands an architectural and technological thinking that is situational and environmental, responding in real-time to conditional, urgent forces - always focused on the community it serves.
  2. Logics: Objects are imperfect. They make an abstract idea one-dimensional, incapable of processing dynamic patterns or implicating situational spatiality.
  3. We focus on situations, as a dynamic set of conditions, or intensified systems.
  4. We extract core samples of data; mediating overloaded sensorial inputs, fast happening systems, troubleshooting to find what is relevant.
  5. Mode: We operate in situ- or in the reaction mixture.
  6. We depart from a standard point of departure, seeking hyper-awareness, phenomena initiating state changes, implicating scale, yet are scale-less.
  7. Repeat: Create a feed-back loop for our physical environment, response driven, yet limitless in implication and application.

There are three goals we work towards achieving:

  1. Architecture and Politics: To provide a common ground of discourse.
  2. Architecture and Situations: To be environmentally focused and community driven.
  3. Architecture and Elements: Equity, Advocacy, Adaptability, Variability and Sustainability as the five focal lenses that sharpen each of our projects and research endeavors.


In this Bonus Episode of the GSAPP Conversations podcast, Christoph Kumpusch introduces GSAPP’s new Extraction Lab in a conversation with ArchDaily’s Editor at Large, James Taylor-Foster.

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