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Deviation from the standard - the plasterboard ceiling in OMA's McCormick Tribune Campus Center

McVicar, Mhairi ORCID: 2018. Deviation from the standard - the plasterboard ceiling in OMA's McCormick Tribune Campus Center. ARCH+ Magazine for Architecture and Urbanism 233 , pp. 194-199.

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"Instead of trying to wrestle order out of chaos, the picturesque is being wrested from the homogenized today," wrote Rem Koolhaas in 2000 in his essay "Junk Space" in this magazine. At the same time, a six-page specification for a plasterboard ceiling was developed that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) wanted to install at the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. As stated in the quote, OMA ignored the manufacturer's recommendations for the installation of the standard product when designing this blanket and did without the usual final coat of paint, which led to an apparently unfinished solution in which the plasterboard panels and the fillers were applied joints and above the fastening screws remained visible. An analysis of the e-mail correspondence, the specifications and hand-drawn technical sketches for the element shows in an exemplary manner to which uncertainties a deviation from the standard leads and how meticulously these were dealt with and documented.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Language other than English: German
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 26 July 2018
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 06:36

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