Other Natures


DESIGN STUDIO: Spring 2014, 18 units

LEVEL: 4th & 5th Year Design Studio

INSTRUCTOR: Dana Čupková


As human impact on the world’s biosphere reaches critical levels, we should recognize and accept the fact that the concept of “naturalness” has radically transformed. Nature is not as that untamed plane of reference where forces re-circulate in a balanced and harmonious way; in the words of Slavoj Zizek, nature is crazy, catastrophic and brutal. Such acceptance will help us avoiding the contemporary cultural pitfall promoted by what we should define as “ecologic ideology”. At the same time it will liberate a much more radical attitude towards the development of new models of transformation of the environment, new design practices for the reconfiguration of the city and the role of architecture in this process. We embrace an experimental approach to what we call systemic architecture; we will substitute the picturesque with the cybernetic, the mechanic with the bio-digital and the compositional with the algorithmic. Our goal is to develop new prototypes for the urban environment, a “framed” ecology where beautification, leisure and biological life share space, time and resources. The students are asked to develop a semester long independent investigation within the theoretical and methodological framework of the studio. The focus is to design a protocol that enables the sharing and exchange of information, resources, and energy between the organic and inorganic matter. The design is understood as an experimental process focused towards positioning one’s architectural subjectivity through critical thinking and design process.

 


 

Student | Nana Choi

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