As principal/founder of u_l_a design and associate professor of architecture at CCA, Christopher Falliers engages in urbanism through two primary trajectories. Stressing a cross-disciplinary approach to architectural and urban design, a research trajectory explores a design methodology to co-relate architectural and urban formation, while practice engages in synthesizing architectural, infrastructural, and civic space through public art design. CCA coursework extends these within academic dialogues.
An ongoing, granted research project ‘urban formations machines’ (ufm), explores the development of methods to model architectural and urban behaviors as frameworks for design. Primary urban phenomena and formations, such as ‘flow + event’ or ‘thematic tectonics’, are extracted and diagrammed as abstracted relationships, forms, and behaviors. These are designed within parametric modeling as a tool to simultaneously control, simulate, and visualize causal, compound, and emergent relationships between urban and architectural formation.
In practice, Falliers’ collaborates with artists on public art projects in Santa Monica, LA, San Francisco, and Seattle. Falliers’ role as architect synthesizes understandings from urban and infrastructural design to art practice. From choreographing the art experience within an urban pattern to designing material detailing for perceptual effects, these projects act to heighten and articulate urban space across multiple disciplines and scales.