- KOL/MAC (archive creator)
Level of archival description:
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.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements:
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.
This project is not arranged.
- 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.
AP185.S1.001, CAD files, images, and video files for the Housings project at Artists Space, 15 March 1999-15 January 2000
AP185.S1.002, Video files for the Housings project, 23 June 1999-4 November 1999
AP185.S1.003, Renderings and other images of the Housings project, 11 April 1999-18 January 2000
AP185.S1.004, YTONG catalog and related materials for the Housings project, 6 March 1998-23 March 2000