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
Students: Armando Bussey (Mexico), Edward Roger Douglas Lückmann (Curaçao/Netherlands), Vichayuth, Meenaphant (Thailand), Ana Margarita Wang-Zunig
Tutors: Robert Stuart-Smith with Tyson Hosmer
Description: he Life Aquatech investigates relationship between the building systems that mediate between interior and exterior and architec- tural design by shifting from air-based systems to water-based system. Human comfort is one of the main drivers of the investiga- tion, seeking an ideal relationship between the user’s comfort in relation to temperature and how the building can self-regulate in order to provide it. By focusing on the behaviour of fluid as part of both generative design methodologies and evaluation tools for functional criteria, the Life Aquatech proposes the deployment of a building system where water plays an integral role in the building tectonic. Through the collection, storage and distribution of water, the building prototype aims to create a cohesive architectural envi- ronment through the interaction of different water-based building systems resulting in a fusion of design aesthetic and building per- formance. The proposed water management system is conceived as operating in relation to seasonal and daily cyclical needs in relation to water, where the behaviour of the building expresses how it engages with these criteria both in real-time performance and in the design process through the use of lightweight rigid material and soft expandable material.