d.esk is an eponymous practice led by David Eskenazi in Los Angeles. Its aim is to contribute to the history of ideas in architecture through a close look at contemporary conundrums. The practice works at all scales, with current projects in California and Mexico. Recent work includes a full-scale installation at the Banvard Gallery at Ohio State and a proposal for an office building in Los Angeles.

Alongside the practice, David pursues design research through writing and teaching, with publications in journals including Project Journal, Pidgin Magazine, Dimensions Journal, Archinect, Offramp, and One Twelve. His work has been exhibited in over twelve public installations and exhibitions throughout the United States. He has been awarded League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, the Oberdick Fellowship at the University of Michigan, the LeFevre Fellowship at the Ohio State University, and was a MacDowell Fellow. Currently, David is a design studio and visual studies faculty at SCI-Arc. He received a Master of Architecture with distinction from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Practice
why we make stuff
d.esk is an eponymous practice led by David Eskenazi in Los Angeles. Its aim is to contribute to the history of ideas in architecture through a close look at contemporary conundrums. The practice works at all scales, with current projects in California and Mexico. Recent work includes a full-scale installation at the Banvard Gallery at Ohio State and a proposal for an office building in Los Angeles.


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Approarch

Hiw to make sometthing from nothing

Alongside the practice, David pursues design research through writing and teaching, with publications in journals including Project Journal, Pidgin Magazine, Dimensions Journal, Archinect, Offramp, and One Twelve. His work has been exhibited in over twelve public installations and exhibitions throughout the United States. He has been awarded League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, the Oberdick Fellowship at the University of Michigan, the LeFevre Fellowship at the Ohio State University, and was a MacDowell Fellow. Currently, David is a design studio and visual studies faculty at SCI-Arc. He received a Master of Architecture with distinction from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Values

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Copy forms and paste materials.

(b) 

Make stuff by comparing things.

(c) 

Avoid dichotomies like new/old, intellectual/artistic, valid/invalid, in/out. Fall on the side of other rather than in-between.

(d) 

No hyphens.

(e) 

Aim for conceptual clarity over virtuosity.

(f) 

Work on how we work.

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On the other hand, creative work isn't a one liner lesson. Don’t finger wag. Buildings, videos, drawings, and models are different. They point to each other, but they aren’t copies of one another. Dodge the reflex to index one into the other.

(h) 

(Imagination) = Real > Not Real 

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Unlike a single issue voter, this isn't a single issue practice; the work won't fit into a tight narrative.

(j) 

Start with an observation, use an existing model, reformat something, confront a circumstance. Change material.

(k) 

Use more paper.

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Interest + Technique + Format

(m) 

Intelligence, Susan Sontag argues, is really a kind of taste for ideas. It’s rare to have “good visual taste and good taste in people and taste in ideas.” Taste and sensibility might be all we really have.

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This list is provisional and editable.

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Neutrality is hard to find. Did you know that copy and paste is a transformation?

(p) 

Position forms around coherence, familiarity, arrangement, or abstraction. So far, droopy circles have been working out for us. They’re familiar, describable, immeasurable.

(q) 

Queer, like form, is a nounverb.

(r) 

More references, more footnotes.

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Provisional > Fixed
Soft > Hard
Form > Shape
Abrupt > Considered
Back > Front
cheap = luxury

Tape > Glue
Alliance > Commitment

(t) 

Architects always seem to feel undervalued by clients. Let’s start by valuing ourselves. Let’s support each other, build together, share, and pay each other right. Engagement is the new detachment.

(u) 

Some things don’t require access to money or tools. Like plans. You can just think those.

(v) 

Mistakes are interpretations.

(w) 

Lie.

(x) 

Don’t be clever.

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To be filled in later.

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Los Angeles, CA

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