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
Project name: Dynamic Linearity
Team: Vibha Kukreja (India), Junshen Pan (China), Camille Sherrod (USA), Liyuan Zhang (China)
Studio: Patrik Schumacher assisted by Pierandrea Angius
Our research focuses on social dynamics as a generative design tool in the studio titled Parametric Semiology with the aim of designing an architectural setting as a platform for a social scenario. We begin with the belief that human behaviour in an architectural setting is a ‘dialogue’ between innovative ordering and the framing of communicative spaces. By exploring a new method of social organisation, we deploy a semiological parametric system where social dynamics of spaces can be programmable within a set of architectural proto-scenarios. Parametric differentiation is extended in spaces that are capable of hosting different social events based on the ability of spatial elements to offer different readings. The flexibility of these readings is offered by a parametric system where each transformed frame signifies intended actions. The program of the design is a villa within which to host a social event; where every ritual in the event determines the requirements of transformation and the social organisation of agent rituals. This event allows a spatial organisation that recognises that social communication depends on the physical arrangement of physical bodies in space.