The project is a collaboration between professors in the University of Houston Graduate Design/Build Studio in the College of Architecture, the Graphic Communications Program in the School of Art, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. It proposes the development of a semi-permanent open-air installation within a public park environment. This project demonstrates the principles of sustainable design and construction through the use of Allsteel System frames as prefabricated deployable building systems that can be applicable in disaster relief settings. The structure will be located on the north side of the Tiffany Bridge, and will incorporate lighted elements on one exterior wall, along with an information panel.
Within the structure, artist Abinadi Meza will create a motion-triggered sound installation based on environmental data. The "ambient/sonic/weather station" is a generative/interactive sound installation based on various data streams of the city/environment, such as air temperature, humidity, soil temperature, barometric pressure, animal and plant movements, flowing waterways, etc. These sounds emanate from the structure as bleeps, roars, whirrs, blips, hisses, cracks and shuffles, allowing visitors to focus on layers of information we don't normally hear, as ephemeral phenomena such as light or heat are generating the sounds.
The pavilion will be on view March 2014 - January 2015.