Since the s, when she worked closely with Louis I. Kahn and independently pioneered habitable space-frame architecture, Tyng has applied natural and numeric systems to built forms on all scales, from urban plans to domestic spaces. This exhibition features room size models of the five platonic solids the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron. Identified in ancient times, the platonic solids are the only regular equilateral and equiangular polyhedra. These forms can be found in nature, such as in the structure of crystals.
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Since the s, when she worked closely with Louis I. Kahn and independently pioneered habitable space-frame architecture, Tyng has applied natural and numeric systems to built forms on all scales, from urban plans to domestic spaces. This exhibition features room size models of the five platonic solids the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron.
Identified in ancient times, the platonic solids are the only regular equilateral and equiangular polyhedra. These forms can be found in nature, such as in the structure of crystals.
Demonstrating this vision at work is a selection of drawings, models, and other documentation of past projects, including: City Tower with Kahn, ; Urban Hierarchy ; and the Four-Poster House Throughout, geometry is both rational and expressive, as much a means of contemplation as of calculation and construction. In her research she developed a theory of hierarchies of symmetry—symmetries within symmetries—and a search for architectural insight and revelation in the consistency and beauty of all underlying form.
A portion of this research was published in the article Geometric Extensions of Consciousness in the Italian architectural journal Zodiak 19 in Starting in , she worked closely with Louis I. After , she focused her attention on research, earning a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she taught for almost thirty years. ICA is grateful to the Edna W. We acknowledge Barbara B. Aronson for their generous sponsorship of the exhibition catalog.
ICA is also grateful for support from the: Cheri S. Weber Endowment Fund; and Lawrence Reichlin. Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry
Together with a lacy, spiraling double helix that stretched from floor to ceiling, the large models approx. Anne Griswold Tyng was born in China to missionary parents in and educated at Harvard in the early s before spending a decade as an associate in the Philadelphia offices of Louis I. Based in Philadelphia for 50 years, she taught architecture for nearly three decades at the University of Pennsylvania until her retirement in the late s. However, she is typically credited only for her early collaboration with Kahn and as the mother of their daughter, Alexandra. Her geometric vision clearly inflected their jointly authored projects, such as the skeletal and elegant City Tower —57 , represented here by a dozen drawings, a meticulous acrylic model and printed promotional materials for the unrealized monument. The delicate plans, elevations and models for her ambitious but little-known Urban Hierarchy project —71 elucidate how she translated her love for basic geometric elements into viable structures and systematic social solutions that are human in scale and materiality. One model offers a single, hivelike unit whose clustered building blocks are populated by miniature inhabitants, vehicles and a playground, while the other shows how multiple cylindrical units can fit together to form a more comprehensive urban system.
Anne Tyng, an Architect Living in Geometry
Widely considered a great influence on the early designs of architect Louis I. Kahn , Anne Griswold Tyng was, in her own right, an architectural visionary, theorist, and teacher. Education and Training: , St. Studied urban planning with Catherine Bauer. Became the only female employee of Stonorov and Kahn. Worked on city planning and residential projects.