collection of objects in Highly Value Engineered occupy the
space between architecture, sculpture, and decoration. The project emerged from
an obsession over a failed lobby remodel overburdened by value
engineering (VE), the formal term for "cost-cutting" in
the AEC industry. In construing cheapness to include mass-produced construction
readymades, the project speculates on the viability of architecture within an
arena of frugality and minimal means. These estranged readymades undergo
dissident procedures that override technical use-value in place of seeking an
elusive beauty and other immaterial peculiarities they may possess.
HVE has been generously supported
by Chalfant-Obo Bettermann Group and Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.