‘RAM wall’, digitally fabricated via laser cutter with mat board

veev design‘s ‘random-access memory wall’ (RAM) proposes both a critique and a hopeful view of our contemporary culture, where excessive material accumulation has accelerated at an alarming rate. this overload manifests itself in the physical accumulation of objects as well as through the over saturation of information.

veev design: RAM wall

‘if space-junk is the human debris that litters the universe, junk-space is the residue mankind leaves on the planet. the built product of modernization is not modern architecture but junkspace.‘ -rem koolhaas‚ ‘junkspace’

this installation takes koolhaas’ critique of almost a decade earlier on a different trajectory. a large percentage of our built environment is dedicated to managing, reorganizing and re-utilizing material resources. at the same time, the installation speaks to the way that humans are coping with the urge to accumulate ‘stuff’ both physical and information based. for many, it has come to the point that one can hardly keep track of the piles of our essential ‘collectibles’ and ‘memorabilia’ on a daily basis. RAM wall proposes a system of storing/archiving information, suggestive in its capacity for providing both physical and digital storage. it attempts to propose a system that is capable of reorganizing, reshuffling, and/or retelling information.

veev design: RAM wall detail

‘patterns imply repetition or ultimately decipherable rules: junkspace is beyond geometry, beyond pattern. because it cannot be grasped. junkspace cannot be remembered. it is flamboyant yet unmemorable, like a screen saver, its refusal to freeze insuring instant amnesia.‘ -rem koolhaas, ‘junkspace’

as opposed to ‘junkspace’ this installation offers an alternative view of our overabundant material culture by exploring the logic of simple and familiar use of conventional material. in doing so, we create patterns that imply repetition or ultimately decipherable rules and ensure that the material information be remembered. a utilitarian and basic folding unit that resembles a standard manufactured cardboard box accretes like masonry wall, yet variations are given to the depth and spacing of individual modules by means of mass customization. each individual unit operates as a storage unit and also plays a part in the overall organizational logic of the entire surface. each unit is one and many all at once. a seemingly non hierarchical system can be reorganized and transformed physically and optically to reveal the hierarchy and/or network of information, not unlike the dewey decimal system of classification used in libraries.

veev design: RAM wall detail

veev design: RAM wall detail

veev design: RAM wall basic folding unit