Tom Ngo
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"Common sense and conventional practice prohibits the evolution of architecture. Through reproducing past models for efficiency and economy, routine thinking preserves the flaws of the standard model. Using different frameworks of thought, architects can create new solutions, which rectify the faults of the norm, and distance themselves from making habitual design decisions. Built on the foundations of Victorian Nonsense, Alfred Jarry’s ‘Pataphysics, and Absurdist Theatre, Absurdity expands the limits of human reason by presenting a paradoxical solution. By allowing solutions which would normally have been ruled out due to irrationality, absurdity provides non-linear alternatives which interrogate contemporary logic. Thus, absurdity is a rhetorical device aimed at questioning (architectural) conventions. Architectural absurdity playfully transgresses within the rules of building formation to create valid alternative assemblages while scrutinizing regulation. The resultant architecture redefines the rituals of program and questions the notion of typology. Unbound by strict conformity to logic, the liberated architect breathes new life into architecture."

Artist and architect Tom Ngo lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Magazines
Sislej Xhafa
Future Architecture
Superstudio, Superproduction, Superconsumption
Visual Music
Heartbeat, Heartseat
Swarm fabrication: Kokkugia / Roland Snooks
Spatial Clusters
Ignite
Une Cité Industrielle by Tony Garnier
Liqen
The Glass House
Xavier Antin: Printing at Home
Julius Shulman: Visual Drama
72 dpi
Bird´s Nest
Mimicry and Makeshift
Place cards
Jean-Jaques Lequeu
Amor Vacui
Áron Jancsó
Archispecture
Small Buildings
ishi studios: Bryan Ishiguro
Bring the outside in: The houses of Joseph Eichler
Harrison and Abramovitz
Manufactured Landscapes
Pierre Besson
AG Frozoni: We need to aim at essential things
Andrea Guccini: 4A+1
Julien Notter and Sébastien Vigne
Erwin Poell: Naturwissenschaft + Technik
Weaving spaces
Mass, space, plane and line
E. Hu
Pascal Häusermann
Opie
Make War, Not Love
The contemporary condition
Merzbau
Prism
Antonio Rubino
Peter Macapia
André Bloc - Sculptures Habitacles
Sadamitsu Neil Fujita
Roland Rainer
Harry Seidler
L´Imparfaite by VLF
Black Boxes
Symphonie
Life Is Electric. Philippe Weisbecker
Ponte City
The 2015 best of penccil
Circuit
Bravais
Hasui Kawase 川瀬 巴水
France 1661
HORT
Erik Nitsche
What You Think You Know
Ankara: From pioneering modernism to revivalist mimicry
related projects
GIFolio
penccil: This was 2017
Cutting the edges
Digital Money
Karma plates
serpentine 2017
BS1
Maurice Binder
Unending Music Video
Le Drugstore Brand Identity
Coffee maker
BKM/Barozzi/Veiga
FASHION ADVERTISING
ILLUSTRATION
Fallingwater
Green Architecture…. Is it blessing or curse!!
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Evolution
Book : Monk
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Glowscape
Lattice
Kenzo Tange
The Menu
Organic Public
What Is A Simulation?
Unlimited Scarf
Design for Disaster
Shared Space
Books of Memory: Gianpaolo Pagni
Groupe Garcia Ingénierie
Food Architecture
Sky Walk
Akiko Masunaga
Management 7
Pillars
Microscopes of utopia
Brazil Modernism
Carlo Scarpa: Sketch and Work
Peter Zumthor: Thinking Architecture
The Bauhaus Revolution