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: Space Out
Project Name: SYNAPSE
Students: Dimitra Tampaki (Greece), Dimitra Pavlakou (Greece), Irem Dokmeci (Turkey), Angel Tenorio Castillo (Peru)
Tutors: Patrik Schumacher assisted by Pierandrea Angius
Description: SYNAPSE is focusing on creating the milieu for Google, a high performance and creative organisation that is centred on encouraging the flow of information for improved communication in order to foster innovation. Same as in the neural level this organisation works on a multi-layer scale that covers: an urban scale; a campus scale; and physical interface scale. Using Google’s 70–20 per cent division of time-work (where they can work freely 20 per cent of their time in the tasks their prefer) as a starting point our research investigated the self-organisational nature of the social interactions of the company through a variety of fluid experiments. The studies attempted to materialise and spatialise these fluid models through the stability change of different rigid and stable materials.