The Extraction Laboratory is where architects go to remember whatever the hell is relevant, research-driven and worthy of dissemination on new platforms. Informational outreach, ideas exposition, technique prototyping… these cannot be left to external agents, they must be embedded as constituent parts of a new architectural practice. The laboratory is not so interested in the latest technological hype, but on using the latest technology in an off-label way to foster architectural understanding both inside and outside the discipline.
The laboratory produces arresting short films, documentary loops, architectural earworms, e-books, ibooklets, VR-pamphlets; all in collaboration generating sticky— intensely memorable, magnetic, even addictive— architectural information. Virtual realities and physical —analogues are parallel agents used to inspire, irritate and ignite new dialogues and modes of creation.
The laboratory reboots and redefines research trajectories. It rekindles passions and showcases the superlative. It operates at both ends of the psychometric response scale— in spatial rather than linear ways— as event structures. It’s a satellite spinning out and broadcasting diverse projects in vibrant and visual ways.
There are 7 Rules of Extraction:
The Extraction Laboratory’s other extractions include: The Forbidden City, Borealis Basin on Mars, and the Parietal Lobe of the human brain.
Termination: The laboratory self destructs on August 1, 2021.
In this Bonus Episode of the GSAPP Conversations podcast, Christoph Kumpusch introduces GSAPP’s new Extraction Lab in a conversation with ArchDaily’s Editor at Large, James Taylor-Foster.