University of Minnesota School of Architecture | College of Design
Workshop March 2017
Faculty Host: Marc Swackhamer | Associate Professor & Head of School
Guest Instructor: Dana Cupkova
Contemporary building practice tends to describe architecture as objects situated in the spatial and cultural field. The ecology posits that all entities are bound together by the thermodynamic relationship of energy and information exchange: ecosystem. This workshop aims to investigate the effects of water behavior within a bio-synergetic context on the shaping of architectural constructs. As water becomes more central to the current state of urban design it is critical to re-frame its force as directly formative within the design process. Using simulation of environmental data sets related to landscape formation and water flow, we will use computational modeling and analog 3d printing to investigate new emergent architectural forms within given landscapes. The workshop will forefront bio-technological framework of architecture and will ask students to negotiate differences between organic and inorganic, formal and performative, cultural and ecological, zones and boundaries, solids and gradients, proximities and tendencies, objects and fields. Using abstraction as a codifier of geo-spatial data sets we will attempt to re-scribe the invisible forces into formed constructs, with hope to shift the focus of design away from singular contextual ‘truth’ of data, towards the constraints of perception and spatial aesthetics.