The last theory module created abstract and complex setup, where we were challenged to explore and get an idea of what identity is, or might be. As a result, this really new and open architectural research gave a lot of different expressions. Therefore being the part of this adventure, each student was engaged to question and discover its own architectural articulation.
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„Neither space nor number, nor even time, have the same significance for us that they had for the men [throughout history].“
(E.T. Bell 1937)
Artefacts mobilize spaces‘ and times‘ uniformity into an open scope and infinitesimal range of possible arrangements, foldings, compartimentability. With a non-romanticizing eye, we want to look at spaces of intense experience, under the following methodological assumptions: Grammar provides the possibility structure for what can be expressed in language. We will look specifically at two aspects: grammatical cases and articles. While the latter determine the definiteness or indexicality of nouns (a, this, none etc), cases provide the verbs with a voice (passive, active, medium), make possible subjects and objects of happenings distinguishable and relateable in a manner of ways (nominative, dative, instrumental, etc), and are capable of expressing circumstantial information as position or duration in space and time. In this module we will regard urban activities as verbs that engender cases, and we will regard artefacts as the specifying operators of such engendering. Continue reading
ETH CAAD and NCTU IAR have held a joint workshop “Teahouse 2.0” in the spring of 2012, which explore a new threshold of computational design and digital fabrication in the realm of education. Three teams from NCTU IAR and ETH CAAD designed and built 3 experimental “Teahouses”. Most of the group of MAS CAAD 1112 participated in this intense 2-week workshop in Taiwan. Continue reading
The departure point of the project is to create an interactive installation, that would have a certain behavior that would vary depending on external factors like the distance of the viewer or the intensity of sunlight. Each group conduced a series of explorations, in order to further investigate the properties of the materials. The decision was met to combine the electroluminescent foils and the Dye sensitized solar cells in an origami based surface, while the bioplastic group would develop the structural system of the installation. As far as the electoactive polymer elements are concerned, after further experiments concerning the material and the thickness of the frame,the initial wish of having them moving parts of the origami surface proved not realistic as the performance of the material could not allow it. Consequently, the design team proposed to array them on the ground level in order to form a “moving” landscape.
Beyond Kinetic Architecture: From Movable Structures To Vibrant Matter
Karmen works on the crossroads between design, architecture, art and science. Her research focuses on new materials, sonic gesture, design methods and enactive experience, resulting in projects ranging from haptic interfaces for stroke rehabilitation to responsive urban installations. By introducing interactive technologies into architecture and public space, Karmen’s works aim to engage participants/inhabitants/citizens in social interaction and physical exploration of their surroundings. They have been presented at Ircam/Centre Pompidou (Paris), SF Cameraworks (San Francisco), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo(Torino), Bienal Miami + Beach, Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana), Far Eastern Memorial Foundation (Taipei) and others. Continue reading
Matter as Substance of Utopia
The lecture will focus on the latencies and potentials of materials and especially on the term of processmatter and the „not-yet-being“ (In-Möglichkeit-Seiendes) developed by Ernst Bloch. Roman Kirschner will show examples of his artistic work in the field of audiovisual scultptural art and dive into the dialogue with matter that was necessary to realize them. Continue reading
After a general day of introduction into the subject, the team of students are split into several groups where each group work with one material: electroactive polymers, electroluminescence, dye-sensitized solar cells and bioplastics. Every team work independently, experimenting with their material and improving their skills. Continue reading
New visions for architecture and urbanism were often accompanied or driven by radical technological developments or material innovations. However the knowledge of the master builders, who not only designed the buildings but also invented tools to process these materials, was linking a universal experience in construction with a deep understanding of physical materiality. Continue reading