Fredrick, Herman’s co-lead on the project, is a professor of classical studies and director of the Tesseract Center for Immersive Environments and Game Design at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He will guide Tesseract Center staff and student interns in developing the virtual experience, which will take the form of a “multilinear, 3D narrative in six chapters, informed by Herman’s interpretive guidance.” A press statement elaborated that the narrative will “feature three key themes through which Jones’ work explores the human condition: the sense of one’s body in relation to space and design, the effect of architecture on social relations within and beyond the family, and the occupant’s relation to the elements and rhythms of nature.” “The project will leverage key principles from game design that we feel are consonant with Jones’ design approach—multilinear narrative, discovery, surprise and reflection,” Fredrick elaborated. “Through the combination of these principles, the user will interact with the natural elements of water, fire, glass, stone and light, triggering 360-degree video clips that will highlight the primal importance of shelter and immerse the user in the landscape of the Ozarks.” Jones, who passed away at his Fayetteville home in 2004 at the age of 83, was also a University of Arkansas alumni. (The Architecture and Design School was named after him in 2010.) Jones is the only Wright protégée to receive the AIA Gold Medal. That same honor was bestowed this year to Marlon Blackwell, founding principal of the eponymous Fayetteville architecture firm and distinguished professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. While a modest handful of buildings—Jones was somewhat of a specialist in otherworldly venues for vow-exchanging—designed by Jones have been recognized by the wider architecture community, Thorncrown Chapel, completed in 1980 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 alongside the Jones family home, remains his, well, crowning achievement. It’s undoubtedly one of the most internationally recognized works of architecture in the Natural State, which, as AN has written about in detail, is a current hotbed of architectural innovation.
Architect Fay Jones studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, and his work lives on in homes and structures around NW Arkansas. The Fayetteville Public Library is hosting an interactive display to educate the public about him. https://t.co/b1BxKOcSHX #experiencefayetteville #arkansasicon pic.twitter.com/UbEGRFFySn— Clinton House Museum (@clintonmuseum) February 27, 2020
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"The work shown at the exhibition, rather than serving as a speculative criticism pointing out towards a techno-fetishist paradigm, tries to act as recording device to capture a moment in architectural discourse. Both the excitement and skepticism around the presented methodologies are due to the fact that they are yet to come to fruition as built projects," said the curators in a statement.