SO-IL

SO-IL: Future Archaeology

September 9 - October 2, 2010

SO-IL bills itself as a “small office with a global reach.” Sound familiar? SO-IL was founded in 2007 as a “creative catalyst” designed to aid in any and all stages of the architectural process and “vehemently believes in realizing their ideas in the world.” Enterprises like SO-IL are not think-tanks or conceptual incubators, but action-oriented businesses focused on the physical manifestation of their ideas across the globe.

Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, the founders of SO-IL, traveled periodically to Lexington in the fall of 2010 to run the Brown Forman Urban Design Studio. Institute 193 collaborated with the UK College of Design to present an exhibition that introduced the architects and their work to the Lexington community, providing an opportunity for interaction and discussion outside of the traditional classroom setting. SO-IL’s structure and ambitious project schedule represent a model that we find particularly compelling. SO-IL is living proof that a small space can have a global reach.

According to Michael Speaks, former dean of the UK COD, “SO-IL is analytical but not abstract, rigorous but not dogmatic, proactive but not ideological. Their work is subtle but not precious, beautiful but not glamorous, intellectual but not pretentious. And that is because their greatest ambition is to play a role, sometimes small, sometimes large, in shaping the real. In light of the new economic realities we must all now confront, such ambition seems almost heroic.”

This exhibition was sponsored by The University of Kentucky College of Design and Art Without Walls. 

Installation View
Installation View

Installation View


Installation View

About the Artist:

SOIL is an award winning architectural design firm that envisions spaces for culture, learning and innovation. From their offices in New York, SOILpartakes in the production of buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes around the world. As a collective of diverse thinkers and makers, the office engages with the ever changing social, economic and natural environment through active dialogue that considers context, function, and opportunity. SOILbelieves that physical structures have the power to offer a sense of wonder and place. They serve as platforms of exchange, and create generous, sensorial and visceral experiences. SOIL was founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in 2008, and is currently led together with Ilias Papageorgiou.