This year the Design Research Laboratory (DRL) concluded the final year of the four-year design research agenda Proto-Design, which investigated digital and analogue forms of computation in the pursuit of systemic design applications that are scenario- and time-based. Considering controls systems as open acts of design experimentation, the DRL examines production processes as active agents in the development of architecture. Behavioural, parametric and generative methodologies of computational design are coupled with physical computing and analogue experiments to create dynamic and reflexive feedback processes. New forms of spatial organisation are explored not as type- or context-dependent but by examining scenarios that evolve as ecologies and environments that seek adaptive and hyper-specific features.
This performance-driven approach aims to develop novel design proposals concerned with the everyday. The iterative methodology of the design studio focuses on the investigation of spatial, structural and material organisations, engaging with contemporary discourses of architecture and urbanism. Four research studios run in parallel, exploring the possibilities of Proto-Design. Theodore Spyropoulos’ studio, Synthetic Natures: Behavioural Machines, investigates behaviour as the means to explore self-regulating and deployable soft systems. Parametric Semiology 2 – Habitat as System of Signification, led by Patrik Schumacher, focuses on how the societal function of urban and architectural design can act as an innovative ordering and framing of communicative interaction. Robert Stuart-Smith’s studio, Behavioural Matter, explores how non-linear design processes may be instrumentalised to generate a temporal architecture with a designed life-cycle. Reconsidering Elementarism, led by Philippe Morel, addresses the relationships between technology, architecture and mathematics by revisiting research on Elementarism in the 1920s and its cybernetic reinterpretations of the 1960s.
Manuel Jiménez García
Albert Taylor & AKT
David Jason Gerber
Marta Malé- Alemany
Team Name: Mavericks
Project Name: Collective Living
Marya Filatova (Ukraine), Sofoklis-Goulielmos Koutsourelis (Greece), Sakhsi Mathur (India), Alexandros- Paris Tsernos (Greece)
Description: We perceive buildings as an interface for communication, where people to people, people to building and building to building conversations will be constantly reforming the architecture. As human interactions are in constant flux, our built environment should be able to adapt, promote and participate in this constant exchange of information. In the context of the internet of things we were able to divide the physical and virtual aspects of architecture into parts that can self organise out of very local rules directly related to principles of emerging patterns of social media. Our ambition is to materialise these conversations as collective architectural affects where each individual has an intended or unintended impact on the overall global behaviour of architecture through his actions. Due to the collective and flexible nature of the student lifestyle, our platform for investigation is a student housing.