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Housings

Housings

Part of

People

  • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

Title

Housings

Dates of creation

1998-2000

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • 808 digital files (1.9 GB)

Scope and Content

This project, 1998-2000, documents the conception and design of Housings, mass-customized prefabricated residences, by the architecture firm KOL/MAC.

KOL/MAC began by digitally blending a typical 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom colonial house with a range of other objects or use cases. The result was six related houses that explored the relationship between customization and mass prefabrication. Housings relates to KOL/MAC’s exploration of what they call chimerical projects, where form and function are combined to create uniquely hybridized structures.

The project records are largely in CAD formats, including Alias Wire, Maya, and IGES files; there are a number of raster image formats, including TIF, Alias pix, Mac Pict images, and JPEG. The materials include renderings, wireframe drawings, and still images of the various Housings structures. There is also a body of material from and related to the concrete manufacturer, YTONG, as well as a small amount of video material, which is only partially accessible due to format obsolescence.

Source: “Kolatan / MacDonald Studio.” Archilab. Published in 2000. Accessed 21 November 2017. http://www.archilab.org/public/2000/catalog/kolata/kolataen.htm.

Reference Number

AP185.S1

Physical Description

A number of file types were inaccessible at the time of processing. All these files have been preserved in hopes that they will be accessible in the future. See file-level description for more information.

Arrangement

This project is not arranged.

General note

  • During the rough sort, major directories and subdirectories of Housings material were collocated. Two files were not nested in directories at the time of arrangement and were moved into related folders: “Housings_Scripts_11.22.99” was moved into AP185.S1.001 and “YTONGBOOK” was moved into AP185.S1.004. Similar materials in related directories were grouped together. More specifically, the images and stills were brought together, as were the two groupings of YTong catalog material. The Mac pict image files and Quark XPress files are available on demand as TIFs and PDFs respectively. The Quark XPress files have varying degrees of fidelity to the originals.

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S1.001
    • Title: CAD files, images, and video files for the Housings project at Artists Space
    • Dates of creation: 15 March 1999-15 January 2000
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory contains CAD files, images, and video for the Housings project, chiefly consisting of CAD files and renderings for final versions of the structures. They appear to have been prepared for a video, possibly related to an exhibition at Artists Space in New York City. There are also a number of wireframe drawings and floorplans of the Housing structures, Original directory name: "Housings". Most common file formats: AppleDouble Resource Fork, Tagged Image File Format, Alias Pix Image File, Maya Binary File Format.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 269 digital files (344 MB)

    Physical Description:

    This directory contains AppleMark MJPEG videos. These files were not playable at the time of processing. Additionally, the Alias wire and pix files can only be read properly using Alias Studio and fcheck from a Windows computer.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S1.002
    • Title: Video files for the Housings project
    • Dates of creation: 23 June 1999-4 November 1999
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory contains video files relating to a presentation of the Housings project. The two files that are playable contain an introductory sequence, including a collage of Housings images and explanatory text. Additionally, there are Adobe Illustrator files which contain versions of the explanatory text and the credits. Original directory name: "NEW_Housing_video_june_23rd". Most common file formats: AppleDouble Resource Fork, MJPEG, Adobe Illustrator, QuickTime, Adobe After Effects.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 31 digital files (670 MB)

    Physical Description:

    This directory contains AppleMark MJPEG videos. At the time of processing, only two files, "intro_text_mov.01" and "intromoviecollage" were playable using VLC media player. It is unclear how the remaining files relate or can be opened.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S1.003
    • Title: Renderings and other images of the Housings project
    • Dates of creation: 11 April 1999-18 January 2000
    • Form: born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory contains images related to Housings. They are primarily various renderings of the Housing structures; some reflect the final product, while others show experimentation on the forms. Of interest, the Mac pict images tie the different Housing forms to various brands and products. Most common file formats: AppleDouble Resource Fork, Tagged Image File Format, Macintosh PICT Image, Silicon Graphics Image, Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 149 digital files (778 MB)

    Physical Description:

    The subdirectory titled "STILLShousesSites" appear to be Silicon Graphics color images; the subdirectory "housing_stills" appears to have related, possibly overlapping material in a more accessible format. It was not possible to open the IGES and Maya files at the time of processing.

    Arrangement:

    A number of original directories were brought together to create this grouping. Within the main directory, two additional directories in "stills" were brought together because they seem to be related materials in different formats.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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    • Reference Number: AP185.S1.004
    • Title: YTONG catalog and related materials for the Housings project
    • Dates of creation: 6 March 1998-23 March 2000
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • KOL/MAC (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory chiefly contains catalog and sample materials from YTONG, a fabricator of concrete bricks. There are also a small number of image files showing Housings renderings and floorplans. Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, AutoCAD Drawing, AppleDouble Resource Fork, Tagged Image File Format, Graphics Interchange Format.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 358 digital files (101 MB)

    Physical Description:

    It was not possible to open the IGES files at the time of processing. They appear to have been created using Bentley Microstation.

    Arrangement:

    This directory brings together two directories from the original order containing YTONG-related material.

    Credit line:

    KOL/MAC project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de KOL/MAC/
    Gift of KOL/MAC

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