The Emergent Technologies and Design programme focuses on the concepts and convergent interdisciplinary effects of emergence on design and production technologies, as well as developing these as creative inputs to new architectural and urban design processes. The programme continues to evolve through the development of our research in studio, seminar coursework and dissertations. We aim to produce new research each year, building from our interests and expertise in material organisation and the design and development of systems in a variety of scales. This continuation of work is focused on the interdisciplinary effects of emergence, biomimetics and evolutionary computation of design and production technologies. The instruments of analysis and design in Emergent Technologies and Design are computational processes. The seminar courses and core studio are designed to familiarise students with these instruments, their associated conceptual fields and with their application to architectural design research. The courses are extensively cross-linked, thematically and instrumentally, with each other and the core studio.
In Core Studio 1 the focus is on the exploration of material systems and their development into differentiated surfaces and assemblies. These assemblies demonstrate the potential for integrated structural and environmental performance, producing local ëmicroclimaticí variations that define spatial arrangement.
In Core Studio 2 we investigate a larger and more complex piece of the city ñ examining urban systems and generating new material, social and ecological organisations.
Francis Aish, Foster + Partners
Guy Austern, SOM
Janet Barlow, Professor of Environmental Physics, University of Reading
Cristina Díaz Moreno, AMID/Cero 9
Efrén García Grinda, AMID/Cero 9
Shawn Gupta, Guptovic Consulting
Jordi Truco, HYBRIDa / ELISAVA
Natural Systems And Biomimetics Seminar
This course examines the ways in which biological organisms achieve complex ‘emergent’ structures and performances from simple components, relating this to an exploration of current architectural design, prototyping and production. The aim is to suggest the possibility of a new solutions for architectural design proceeding from an in-depth analysis of biological systems. It explores the concepts that are driving the implementation of new materials, particularly in ‘smart’ or adaptive structures, and examines these materials for potential contributions to new agendas. The course will also discuss the way in which contemporary engineers regard form, materials and structure not as separate elements, but rather as systems acting on each other in self-organised complex hierarchies.