Context Forgotten

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Context Forgotten

Andrew Wagner

During his initial thesis research in Architectural Ornament and a study of 18th and 19th century field expedition manuscripts, Andrew developed a deep interest in the integral part-to-whole relationships of tectonic components rather than the representational adornment of pre-modern constructions. Andrew also developed a sincere fascination in the emotive power of the ruin, and its instrumental facility in architectural education for centuries. We can’t ignore the fact that we exist in a post-post modern world that’s experiencing a digital and technological renaissance – One where tectonic newness and programmatic efficiency dominate. Through curiosity more than resistance, he chose to employ the digital tools and means of our era as a way of opening a dialogue about the past. More specifically, to pry the humanistic and cultural significance of buildings as they live, age, and die in our cities- removed from the theories of their conception.Choosing an aged mid-century modern building in San Diego, Andrew striped it of its context and executed a field analysis and excavation as if the building were lost in time. Through the process of field observation and isolation of tectonic fragments, he was then able to reimagine the building as something new – the emerging typology of the contemporary ruin.


Andrew Wagner (AWAGS) is a freelance multidisciplinary designer and artist living in San Diego, California. Having completed his Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Woodbury University (2014), he started pursuing a practice with a more inclusive design approach that bridges the disciplines of Architecture, Fashion, Pattern Design, Industrial Design, and Illustration. Professionally, he has worked with various Architecture Studios and clients that include Adobe, IBM, CRO Studio, Estudio Teddy Cruz, Ogilvy and Mather, and Mi Workshop.


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