Sciences in correlation
For Oxman, there should be a permanent correlation between science, engineering, design and art, so that it is unclear where one discipline ends and the other begins. With this premise, she has proposed a more significant role for architecture in society, on a par with science and engineering.
Many of Oxman’s projects use 3D printing, and she is credited with developing the first equipment to produce optically transparent glass. Her research into 3D printed clothing has been used in shows and on catwalks. The techniques are so advanced that MoMA curator Paola Antonelli has said of her, “She is a person ahead of her time, not of her time”, while editor and critic Bruce Sterling has commented that her work is “shatteringly different from anything before”.
In her personal life, Neri Oxman was married to Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, and was briefly linked to actor Brad Pitt, who is passionate about architecture, design and art. She is currently married to the American investor, Bill Ackman, with whom she has a daughter, Raika.
Oxman, in her capacity as director of the Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab, continues to focus on designs that will not be implemented this year. They will not even be launched this decade. Experts predict that the projects on which the architect is working will probably reach their maximum expression in 50 years’ time.