Anne Tyng (born ) explores the potentials of geometry through her architectural model that realizes the ambition of all of her work: to inhabit geometry. The visionary architect and theorist Anne Tyng has designed a gallery-scale model that embodies her thinking about geometry over the last half. Louis I. Kahn and Anne G. Tyng, associated Architects, City Tower, Philadelphia, PA,–57, model. Courtesy of the Louis I. Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry.
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Inhabiting Geometry The visionary architect and theorist Anne Tyng has designed a gallery-scale model that embodies her thinking about geometry over the last tymg century.
Since the s, when she worked closely with Louis I. Kahn and independently pioneered habitable space-frame architecture, Tyng has applied natural and numeric systems to built forms on all scales, from urban plans to domestic spaces. A tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron, each is built to human scale and can be entered, explored, comprehended. For optimum effect, look through these open structures at the massive spiral that lifts from the wall and rotates towards the ceiling.
Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry — Third Nature Studio
This is how Tyng sees gelmetry world and derives her own built forms, through the symmetries, orders, and dynamic progressions by which geomerty form in geometry becomes another. The exhibition — curated by Ingrid Schaffner, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, and William Whitaker — also features a selection of drawings, models, and other documentation of past projects, including: There are also examples of Tyng’s publications and research, which investigate Jungian cycles, city squares, and the cosmos.
Throughout, geometry is both rational and expressive, as much a means of contemplation as of calculation and construction. For tgng effect, visitors can look through open structures at the massive spiral that lifts from the wall and rotates towards the ceiling. Born in Jiangxi, China to missionary parents inTyng spent long hours carving cities out of the soft stone of her garden terrace.
After graduating from Radcliffe College inTyng became one of the first women to receive a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University. She gained early recognition for the Tyng Toy, a kit of wooden puzzle-like pieces from which children could build furniture and other things. Starting in she worked closely with Louis I. Inshe was the first woman heometry receive a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advancement in the Fine Arts.
InThe Divine Proportion in the Platonic Solids, featuring an enormous space frame, was exhibited at the University of Pennsylvania, where Tyng earned a doctorate in and then taught for almost thirty years. Her papers are housed at The Architectural Inhabtiing at Penn.
A tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron, are built to human scale and can be entered, explored, comprehended. Gallery-scale models embody Anne Tyng’s thinking about geometry over the last half century.
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