Ah, Burning Man. Once the domain of bros with white dreads bartering with glow sticks as currency, the week-long "alt-lifestyle" festival has emerged as a destination for everyone from Google CEO Eric Schmidt to, this year, architects like Berlin-based Jürgen Mayer H. Architects.
Mayer's office will debut a new iteration of Beat.Wave, an experimental architectural intervention, at this year's festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. More.
Beat.Wave is an ongoing experiment perpetrated by Mayer, who calls the project a "proto-architecture." The finished product is the result of an unusual collaboration between architect and fabricator: Mayer's office gives the contractor a 3d model of the form, without any indication of scale, material, or fabrication process. The result is a true collaboration, a surprise to all parties involved. Mayer has said of Beat.Wave (which debuted at Miami Art Basel several years ago), "it was the first time that we experimented with a new production process through digital technology: we sent a 3d-file to Pulse without any precise measurements and the scale was later defined by the budget."
Mayer told us he won't be at the festival himself because of travel obligations (he's got projects in construction all over the world), but that Burning Man is the perfect place to test Beat.Wave, which "challenges us to rethink conventional concepts of design and craft."
Beat.Wave at Hamlet Ranch earlier this year. Photo (c) Jennifer Raiser.