GIANTS! #13

RVTR

Kathy Velikov & Geoff Thun



"We really try to define our own projects, as opposed to waiting for someone to arrive (with or without a bag of cash) and asking us to do something." - Geoff Thun

"It's kind of like working in a perpetual thesis...the thesis as a constant practice model..life as thesis! But then people pay you to do your thesis." -Kathy Velikov



In this episode, Geoff and Kathy recount the amusing formation of RVTR, writing grants in place of clients, their recent book, and of course, spirit animals - or in their case - spirit geologies. Tune in for a fascinating conversation behind the scenes with a truly innovative research-based practice!

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Infra Eco Logi Urbanism Exhibition (RVTR): installation at Taubman College gallery, 2015
© Peter Smith

Infra Eco Logi Urbanism Exhibition (RVTR): installation at Taubman College gallery, 2015
© Peter Smith

Infra Eco Logi Urbanism Exhibition (RVTR): detail of nodal interchange model. 2012
© Michel Brunelle

PneuSystems Installation of X-Array (RVTR), 2014
photo by Christina Kull, © RVTR

PneuSystems, X-Array detail (RVTR), 2014
Photo by Kathy Velikov, © RVTR

Infundibuliforms, installation detail (RVTR + Matter Design), 2016
Photo by Geoffrey Thun, © RVTR

Infundibuliforms, actuated surface installation (RVTR + Matter Design), 2016
Photo by Geoffrey Thun, © RVTR

RVTR is a design research practice with studios based in Toronto, Ontario and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our work operates across scales to position design as an active agent in continually evolving ecologies. Our projects range from the visioning of the urban future of regional territories, to high performance building design, to prototype-based research in responsive envelope systems and to digitally crafted objects. These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails a systems based approach: one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of agents, forces and contexts and that actively leverages these multivalent and sometimes contradictory agents to drive new potentials for the work.

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