GIGA-Mapping New Coming Cultures in Tunis

Last week, Marie Davidová held a GIGA-Mapping workshop on appreciation of new coming cultures through their culture and invited lecture on Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance at RAID conference focused on post digital age at Ecole Superieur des Sciences et TEchnologie du Design (المدرسة العليا لعلوم وتكنولوجيات التصميم) in Tunis, Tunisia. In the 2,5 hours transdisciplinary workshop, we mapped the impacts of cultural exchange across the world. The result is a field map with registering impacts and their interpretations. The lecture was introducing the new design field as a fusion of process-based fields into Time Based Eco-Systemic Co-Design that involves both, biotic and abiotic agents, including humans.

Workshop Participants: Selmi Chauna, Khenissi Miriam, Hajji Moez, Merwa Kachoukh

WP_20170428_11_01_39_ProFigure 1: Designing the System of Mapping (Photo: Davidová 2017)

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Figure 2: GIGA-Mapping the Appreciation of New Comming Cultures (photo: Davidová 2017)

WP_20170428_12_49_27_ProFigure 3: The Result 2,5 Hours Workshop GIGA-Map (photo: Davidová 2017)

 

 

GIGA-Mapping New Coming Cultures in Tunis

Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance is a a Design Field!

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Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance is ratified as fusion of process based fields formally initiated by integration of Systems Oriented Design and Performance Oriented Architecture. It develops methodology and generates theory through experimental practice.

SAAP involves Time Based Eco-Systemic Co-Design that involves both, biotic and abiotic agents, including humans.

Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance is a a Design Field!

Download Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance on Research Gate!

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(photo: Mládek)

Ten days ago, we launched the hard-cover publication Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance. Since today, you can download it on Research Gate. Have a good read!

/Stáhněte si Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance na Research Gate!

From the book/z knihy:

The present research considers wood as a study material for a wider question
on architecture’s environmental interaction. It aims to explore its potential for architectural performance and atmospheres as well as to broaden the discussion on this problem area by accessing the public space. My project researches such interactions through practical experiments as well as theoretical reflections, including examinations of other scientific, artistic and crafts disciplines and honestly discusses both the successes as well as the failures and weak points to develop a strong background for architectural and urban design practice.
The methodology Research by Design while full scale prototyping is covered by the Systems Oriented Design to interpret and develop complex environmental relations.
This is an article based thesis, where the texts of the articles have not been changed
and serve as an addendum covered with an exegesis. Most of the repeating images were
removed from the articles. If there is an exception this is reasoned through its important
relation to the present text.
All the substantial contributions are mentioned within the text and/or summarized in
the Thanks section. To mention the main institutions and practice/NGO’s respectively,
this research has been developed at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical
University of Liberec, the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, the Architectural Institute Prague, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Collaborative Collective, Defio, Oximoron, re.code.nature and reSITE.

The publication of the thesis was kindly supported by EEA and Norway Grants through the
project Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance, is printed on paper with 100%
of recycled fibre and is dedicated to my family, friends, colleagues, students and everyone
interested in the field.

Endless Thanks chapter says all:

“First I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to my supervisors, Miloš Florián from the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University (FA CTU), Birger Sevaldson from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and Ocean Design Research Association and Zdeněk Fránek from the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec (FUA TUL) and Fránek Architects, for providing great support and inspiration during my work. A special thanks to Birger for very precisely reviewing the thesis.

Many thanks are also directed to Cyril Říha from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (AAAD), Department of Arts Theory, who has been asking critical questions about my work and critically reviewed the written text and to Peter Buš from ETH Zürich for fast review of the final stage of the thesis.

My great appreciation is sent to Monika Mitášová from the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Trnava University and to Michael Ulrich Hensel the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Ocean Design Research Association for agreeing on being opponents for the thesis.

I express sincere gratitude to Matthew Krimmel from the Institute of Language Education (IJV) for language review.

I highly appreciate my cooperation with Jan Škuta from Škuta Design, who is the author of graphic design of the printed and PDF version of the thesis and posters within the project Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance and corporate identity design for EnviroCity Festival.

Many thanks to Eva Nováková for the formatting of the Word document of the thesis.

Great thanks belong to all my dear friends and colleagues from Collaborative Collective for their fantastic support and inspiration before and during the project in various ways, without whom it would never be able to reach its dimensions and ambitions.

Special thanks to my closest pavilion co-workers Šimon Prokop from the MOLAB, FA CTU in Prague and Collaborative Collective and Martin Gsandtner from the CIEE Global Architecture and Design Program and re.code.nature for providing Grasshopper leadership within the pavilions projects. Also to Martin Šichman from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Architecture and Oximoron for being the leader in tooling and detailing within the pareSITE pavilion project and to Jan Zatloukal from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Experis DSKM, s.r.o. for solution and periodical checks of the LOOP pavilion when we experienced structural problems.

Very heartfelt gratitude belongs to all the students of FLD CZU, ARCHIP and FUA TUL for their work. Namely, thanks to Jiří Šmejkal and Alena Novotná for their great involvement.

My great thanks is owed to the academy co-operators: Jiří Suchomel, the vice dean at FUA TUL for the great cooperation with FUA TUL. Alsoto Regina Loukotová, the dean of ARCHIP, for her great cooperation with ARCHIP and to Irena Fialová, the vice dean at FA CTU in Prague and to Zdeňka Němcová Zedníčková, the vice dean at FUA TUL for all the support during my studies.

For leadership of great cooperation during the pavilion projects I would like to especially thank Martin Böhm and Jan Bomba from the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences (FLD CZU). Pavel Novák, from the FLD CZU, was a great workshop leader and co-worker in the carpenters’ workshop as well as support for the pavilion measuring. My great thanks belongs to Aleš Zeidler, from the FLD CZU, who was a great consultant within the solid wood material science and to Radim Sýkora and Martin Sviták, from the FLD CZU, who were a great co-operators for CNC milling.

Carpenters Petr Bouma, Aleš Kořínek and their co-workers from Defio, s.r.o. also deserve much appreciation for their work on development and prototyping of the project Ray.

My big thanks belongs to Vladimír Kočí, from the Institute of Chemical Technology for conceptualising, modelling and consulting interpretations of LCA analysis.

Many thanks to Michaela Kernová/Pánková for her excellent program management of the EnviroCity Festival, giving it a professional and educational atmosphere, to all its performers and to Milota Sidorová, Martin Barry and Osamu Okamura for their cooperation with the reSITE festival.

I would like to thank to my sister Václava Davidová for keeping my Ray prototypes in her courtyard and to her neighbours the Stará family for their everyday observations of its performance at the times I could not be present. I certainly must not forget to mention my thanks to my friend David Hlouch for his adventurous transportation of the Ray 2 prototype from Defio, s.r.o. to the site.

I should also not forget to thank my dear friend Synnøve Landvik and her family for providing background for my stays and travels in Norway while all the time offering boundless support.

Special thanks to Terje Planke from Norsk Folkemuseet, Oslo for the consultancy and measurements enabling and to Jon Bojer Godal from Nordmøre Museum, Norway for consultancy and references.

I would like to thank Knut Einar Larsen, my former colleague from the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, for discussing references on Norwegian traditional panelling; to Josef Šanda, from AAAD who provided his consultancy in material science and references; to algologists Jiří Komárek, from the Třeboň department of the Institute of Botany and Jiří Neústupa, from the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University of Prague, for providing their samples and consultancy; to Ladislav Bakay from the Department of Planting Design and Maintenance, Horticulture and Landscape Engineering Faculty, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra for providing data on carbon emissions for LCA analysis; to Helena Pánková, from Matério, who has supported my research with building materials consultancy; to Josef Kudrna, an axeman, who offered his consultancy from his practical experience with wood-humidity interaction and to Pavel Kašpar from Acolor, s.r.o. for samples and consultations on different stain preservatives. There were also many other consultants directly involved through the students, mainly from various faculties of The Technical University of Liberec and The Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at The Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

I would like to express my appreciation for the support from my friends and colleagues at the MOLAB department at the Faculty of Architecture at The Czech Technical University in Prague.

Many thanks are owed to the FUA TUL administrative staff, most of all to Eva Konopová and to Marta Petrová, for their great assistance with grants and study issues.

I also would like to thank those who granted me permission for utilisation of their images and to all the photographers without whom my thesis would be much less enriched.

This project would have never happened without the kind support of Collaborative Collective, EEA and Norway Grants, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at Czech University of Life Sciences, ARCHIP, Faculty of Art and Architecture at Technical University of Liberec, Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague, Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, re.code.nature, Oximoron, Defio, s.r.o., AZ-TECH, s.r.o., Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Landscape festival Praha 2014, Nákladové nádraží Žižkov, SKANSKA, Stora Enso, Rothoblaas, Eurodach, Natura Dekor, Nářadí Bartoš, Lesy ČR, P-Print, Škuta Design, Empyreum Information Technologies, reSITE, Meloun Production, Easy Moving, Nadace Život umělce, Nadace Proměny, Paperlinx, Vinařství Sonberg, Městská část Praha 3, Nová síť, o. s., Nadace Proměny, Auto*Mat, Lunchmeat, TANEC PRAHA, Uličník, Rekola, I Need Coffee, Architekti ve škole and Matério to whom belongs my great thanks.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank to all my dear family and friends, for without their support and motivation it would be very hard to have accomplished this project.”

Download Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance on Research Gate!

Thanks for Thursday Everybody!

 

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Launch (photo: Tyslová 2016)

Thanks to all of you coming this Thursday for the launch. Special thanks to Šimon Prokop for the great speech and together with Krištof Hanzlík for baptism. Not forgeting to thank to all involved in the research and publlication!

The books at AHO and FUA TUL, unless reserved, are gone. You can still get your copy at Coll Coll, Sněmovní 15, Praha 1.

Hurry up! There is not that many…

/Díky za párty! Hlavní díky Šimonovi Prokopovi za proslov a Krištofovi Hanzlíkovi za křest. Samozřejmě velké díky všem, kdo se na publikaci a výzkumu podíleli!

Knihy na AHO a FUA TUL už jsou krom rezervací rozebrány. Ještě je stále možné vyzvednout kopii v Coll Coll, Sněmovní 15, Praha 1.

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Books Signings (photo: Mládek 2016)

& Thanks for a great party!

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Party Goes On (photo: Tyslová 2016)

Thanks for Thursday Everybody!

Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance Book Launch

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We are proud to invite you to Marie Davidova‘s PhD thesis: Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance: A Case Study in Performance Orientad Architecture Approached through Systems Oriented Design launch!
The launch will take place in Coll Coll’s courtyard: Snemovni 15, Prague 1, 1st September 6:30 pm
/S radostí vás zveme na křest publikace dizertace Marie Davidové: Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance: A Case Study in Performance Orientad Architecture Approached through Systems Oriented Design!
Uvidíme se na dvoře Coll Coll: Sněmovní 15, Praha 1, 1. září v 6:30. Kniha zde bude k mání zdarma. Dále ji můžete vyzvednout kdykoli v denní dobu v COLL COLL, FUA TUL -u Marty Petrové, na Oslo School of Architecture and Design recepci, Fakultě lesnické a dřevařské – ČZU v Praze – u Martina Böhma a na ARCHIPu.
The present research considers wood as a study material for a wider question on architecture’s environmental interaction. It aims to explore its potential for architectural performance and atmospheres as well as to broaden the discussion on this problem area by accessing the public space. My project researches such interactions through practical experiments as well as theoretical reflections, including examinations of other scientific, artistic and crafts disciplines and honestly discusses both the successes as well as the failures and weak points to develop a strong background for architectural and urban design practice.
The methodology Research by Design while full scale prototyping is covered by the Systems Oriented Design to interpret and develop complex environmental relations.
This is an article based thesis, where the texts of the articles have not been changed and serve as an addendum covered with an exegesis. Most of the repeating images were removed from the articles. If there is an exception this is reasoned through its important relation to the present text.
All the substantial contributions are mentioned within the text and/or summarized in the Thanks section. To mention the main institutions and practice/NGO’s respectively, this research has been developed at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec, the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, the Architectural Institute Prague, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Collaborative Collective, Defio, Oximoron, re.code.nature and reSITE.
The publication of the thesis was kindly supported by EEA and Norway Grants through the project Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance, is printed on paper with 100% of recycled fibre and is dedicated to my family, friends, colleagues, students and everyone interested in the field.
The book will be available for free at the party – please, welcome!
In case you don’t make it, you can also pick up your copy at COLL COLL, FUA TUL – in Marta Petrova’s office, Oslo School of Architecture and Design reception, Fakulta lesnická a dřevařská – ČZU v Praze – in Martin Bohm’s office and in ARCHIP‘s office.
The publication was kindly supported by EEA and Norway Grants within the project Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance.
Read the introduction as a teaser:

The research is seeking answers to the question of what is a solid pine wood’s environmental interaction and how it can be used in Performance Oriented Design (Michael U. Hensel, 2015a) applied in Czech locations. Inspired by the performance of traditional architecture from locations with more extreme climate histories, this case study mainly focuses on performative potentials of solid pine wood cut in tangential section; to be precise – its warping – and particularly how this might be applicable in the specific climatic conditions of Czechia. With today’s climatic change in our region, there is a necessity to search for the adaptation of our local architecture in different places where such conditions have been present.

The Czech National Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation document clearly states that it is necessary to promote research and development of new materials and technology in reference to anticipated effects of climate change, such as strong gusty winds, extreme rainfall or snow totals or temperature extremes. The main issue in the urban environment mentioned is humidity extremes – long periods of very dry weather or extreme rains (Czech Republic Ministry of the Environment & Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, 2015). In this issue, the architecture is not considered. It is important to note that architects and urbanists were excluded from the document preparation. This research claims that architecture, especially its experimental field, may bring new perspectives to the discussion, joining climatic, material and biotic (including social), sciences.

The work covers two sub-projects resulting in four built prototypes: Performative Screens Ray and Environmental Summer Pavilions, where prototypes Ray 2, Ray 3, pareSITE and LOOP pavilions benefit from each other’s ideas, observations and results. The Ray project that was inspired by Norwegian traditional panelling and oriental screens called ‘mashrabīyas’ is proposing a screen that is airing and improving the environment by evaporating humidity in warm, dry weather while being resistant and sorping moisture in high relative humidity. The pavilions were mainly focused on evaporation such as in ‘mashrabīyas’, while using the idea from Norwegian traditional panelling of warping for humid air movement. These architectures were improving/may improve outdoor-indoor climatic comfort by providing shading and wind sheltering but also sorping moisture in high relative humidity level that is mainly at nights, while evaporating it on hot summer afternoons, when the relative humidity is on average the lowest. According to Banham, humidity has been the most pestiferous, subtle and elusive of control for most of architectural history, either too much or too little of it in certain climatic conditions (Banham, 2009). These prototypes wish to take this discussion further, applied for the location with both extremes and their increased expectations.

This research on solid wood cut in tangential section was greatly inspired by contemporary research on ply-wood and laminates, conducted by Michael Hensel, Achim Menges and others and research of Sustainable Environment Association (Michael U. Hensel, 2011b) co-founded by Michael U. Hensel, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel and Birger Sevaldson that recently joined the Ocean Design Research Association (Michael Hensel, 2015). In the September/October 2015 issue of Architectural Design it was revealed that the research at the Institute of Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart led by Achim Menges is also planning to take the direction of research on solid wood cut in tangential section. (Menges & Reichert, 2015). This work has not yet been published.

Implementing ‘Bottom-Up’ approach starting with the material research, the ‘Top-Down’ method was slightly combined with ongoing speculations about possible applications as well as the pavilions were having their separate mission of being public architectural objects through which other observations started. At the same time, the need for such performative capacities was discussed several times through many projects in my practice, Collaborative Collective (Collaborative Collective, 2012), the most striking example of which is shown in the DCA2016 paper, Ray 3: The Performative Envelope (Davidová, 2016c). Though the project På Vei (Collaborative Collective, 2011) is not situated in the Czech Republic but Norway, the relevance of this possible application was so important that it was included into this otherwise very site-specific, thesis. For the project’s purposes, a sister NGO of the same name was established in conjunction with my colleagues from the practice. The ‘Research by Design’ thus joins not only academy with practice, but also an investigation on how radical architectural research by design can be organized in the format of the NGOs.

Besides literature studies on different topics like forestry, dendrology, wood material science and technology, climatology, algology, mycology, architectural history and conservation, today’s research in the field of responsive wood, environmental art, urban design and landscape architecture, etc. the project’s main research approach is based on Research by Design with 1:1 Scale prototyping and practical experiments directing towards sustainable applications in architecture and urban design. This main research mode has been supported by the methodology Systems Oriented Design (Sevaldson, 2013b). The approach helped to keep an overall view of the project and to address the systemic implications and connections. This also implied development of the methodology through its application into the specific design needs. Throughout the process, the GIGA-maps (Sevaldson, 2016a) were tools for this transdisciplinary project that was mapping hard data together with tacit and subliminal knowledge and experiences, targeting the architectural and urban design practice.

The thesis first chronologically positions my prototypes into the perspective of other research that has been done in the field and reasons why the root of solid wood has been taken through LCA comparison, modelled for the Czech Republic’s environment on the example of one of the prototypes.

The methodology chapter introduces approaches and/or development in all the methodologies involved. This covers Systems Oriented Design, Research by Design through full scale prototyping and the relations of Academy, Practice and NGO as well as transdisciplinary cooperation in the project. The last subchapter called Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance is discussing and introduces visions for merging digital design tools with prototyping, while handling different interrelated large amount of data as a designer in relation to GIGA-mapping. The research also covers the full scale prototypes observations that are also discussed in this chapter.

The chapter on material covers the study of forests of the placement of the research for selecting species related to closer observation of the material and its environmental interactions.

The projects section, after first speculations discussion and introduction, explains each prototype subproject in detail. This is divided not chronologically but by the two main projects sections Ray and Environmental Summer Pavilions.

The thesis is concluded in reference to the projects’ application, taking its role in social, or generally biotic, physical environmental perspective in reference to climatic change in the targeted location. It places the research case study into the context of larger range of different options of exterior-interior boundary conditions that I experienced in my practice or earlier in my studies, arguing for relevance of this application in practice. Some of the elaborated topics here are already proposing new explorations rather than fully closing the discussion.

This is an article-based thesis that covers entire articles published in press or submitted in a role of addendum glued together with exegesis that is richly referenced in my other articles that were not selected for full text. The selection of full articles was adapted to the suitability to different chapters of the thesis, such as methodology and specific projects’ developments and explanations.
The full articles cover:

  1. a) Full articles on method of selection of the used material and methodology:

Davidová, M., & Kočí, V. (2016). Choosing the Material for Environment Responsive Screen Ray: The LCA Comparison. In I. Press (Ed.), Architecture In-Play 2016. Lisbon: ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon.

Davidová, M. (2014b). Generating the Design Process with GIGA-map: The Development of the Loop Pavilion. In B. Sevaldson & P. Jones (Eds.), Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2014 Symposium Proceedings (pp. 1–11). Oslo: AHO.

Davidová, M., & Sevaldson, B. (2016a). 1:1, A Transdisciplinary Prototyping Studio. In ASK.the.Conference 2016. Warszaw: Warszaw University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture.

Davidová, M., & Sevaldson, B. (2016b). NGO, Practice and University Driven Research By Design on Performative Wood. In M. S. Uddin & M. Sahin (Eds.), 2016 DCA European Conference (p. N/A). Istanbul: Özyeğin University.

And recently submitted article to FORMakademisk’s systemic design III special issue: Davidová, M (2016). Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance: Handling Data in Creative Design Process: Mixing Physical with Digital

  1. b) Full papers on separate subprojects’prototypes:

Davidová, M. (2016b). Ray 3: The Performative Envelope. In M. S. Uddin & M. Sahin (Eds.), 2016 DCA European Conference (p. N/A). Istanbul: Özyeğin University.

Davidová, M., Šichman, M., & Gsandtner, M. (2013). Material Performance of Solid Wood : Paresite , The Environmental Summer Pavilion. In E. M. Thompson (Ed.), Fusion – Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference – Volume 2 (Vol. 2, pp. 139–144). Newcastle upon Tyne: Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Davidová, M., & Prokop, Š. (2016). Advances in Material Performance of Solid Wood: Loop, the Environmental Summer Pavilion II. In M. S. Uddin & M. Sahin (Eds.), 2016 DCA European Conference. Istanbul: Özyeğin University.

  1. c) The thesis is concluded with recent Relating Systems Thinking to Design 5 submission: Davidová, M. (2016). Socio-Environmental Relations of Non-Discrete Spaces and Architectures: Systemic Approach to Performative Wood.

The referenced articles mainly cover:

Davidová, M. (2009). Exploring Environmental Dimensions : On Sustainability as an Architectural Problem ; Why It Is Not Enough To Discuss Space and Time Only. In Nordes 2009 – Engaging Artifacts (pp. 1–4). Oslo: Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Davidová, M. (2013). Ray 2 The Material Performance of a Solid Wood Based Screen. In E. Thompson (Ed.), Fusion – Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference – Volume 2 (Vol. 2, pp. 153–158). Newcastle upon Tyne: Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Davidová, M. (2014a). Environmental Material Performance of Solid Wood: pareSITE: The Environmental Summer Pavilion. In R. Cielatkowska & D. Jankowska (Eds.), Wooden architecture, tradition, heritage, present, future – Proceedings1 (pp. 87 – 92). Gdansk: Wydział Architektury Politechniki Gdańskiej za zgodą Dziekana.

Davidová, M. (2014c). Wood’s Material Performance: Ray 2. In Wooden architecture, tradition, heritage, present, future – Proceedings1 (pp. 93–99). Gdansk: Wydział Architektury Politechniki Gdańskiej za zgodą Dziekana.

These were not included as full papers in the thesis for the reason of not complying with the logic of the structure: a) background and position of the research; b) methodology and its development; c) material in relation to environment; d) prototypes; e) discussion and conclusions.

Wood as a Primary Medium to Architectural Performance Book Launch

ASK.the.Conference Proceedings are ON!

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Download proceedings with Marie Davidová’s and Birger Sevaldson’s paper on transdisciplinary full scale prototyping studio: 1:1, A Transdisciplinary Prototyping Studio.

Stáhněte si náš článek ve sborníku ASK.the.Conference o transdisciplinaritě a prototypování v plném měřítku: 1:1, A Transdisciplinary Prototyping Studio:

Education for Research, Research for Creativity

See the abstract here/ Abstrakt v angličtině zde:

‘The main author is using transdisciplinary studio courses as a research tool in the field of performative wood. Through sharing the knowledge between architectural, environmental design, and wood science researchers and students, we managed to develop complex 1:1 scale prototypes. The course process is a learning arena for students, teachers and researchers and the skills, competences and insights are being developed through experimental practice. The second prototype of the Environmental Summer Pavilion II course was created from reflection upon the first one while both serve as complex material-environment interaction studies for the development of responsive envelopes.’

ASK.the.Conference Proceedings are ON!

Discussing the Current State and New Potentials

The project had a crucial meeting before finishing one particular state. This involved Michael Hensel’s public lecture and common discussion on its future and current development joining also Birger Sevaldson, Marie Davidová and interested colleagues.

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Figure 1: Michael Hensel’s lecture (photo: Šafářová 2016)

Michael Hensel’s lecture started from the point of architecture that is responsive to its environment and ended by discussion on living architecture that is grown from that on the example of planned project on wine yards in Bordeaux. The moves towards architecture that is fully part of its environment were discussed in the means of non-antropocentric architecture considering both, biotic and abiotic factors. This involves tools and methods that support such designs. Hensel and Sørensen are reading real time local environmental data and implementing VR simulations. This has particular potential for Systems Oriented Design development in the means of so called Rich Design Research Space.

An article on this in Czech as a reflection on the lecture was published on the most known online architectural media in Czech Republic, ARCHIWEB.

The common discussions of the project participants were focused on new investigations, this involved differences and potentials in Czech historical or traditional architecture, use of new and recycled materials, political situation within design context and importance of implementing nature into city infrastructure. For this reason we visited today discussed bio-corridor Zvonařka in Prague, where Marie Davidová takes part in initiative for protecting it. Based on the discussion, Marie Davidová got in touch with ecologist Kateřina Zímová from NGO CooLand, who prepared for her prestudy on its environmental importance in the region for her neighbourhood public speech and collaboration on grant application was agreed.

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Figure 2: Marie Davidová at the Neighborhood Meeting after the Activity (photo: Bláhová)

In Liberec, we visited Ještěd for getting an overview of the regional natural diversity and regional architectural tradition. The relationship of human mind and the landscape, natural as well as architectural, in reference to homelands was contemplated all the way through the journey.

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Figure 3: Ještěd visit (photo: Šafářová 2016)

Visit of Kutná Hora was in particular interest as the architecture and city was modulated by historical and social development and is really local specific. The city was extremely rich due to the silver mining industry while its decrease had strong effect on its development. I.e. St. Barbara’s church was originally planned to be two times longer which caused asymmetry in its architecture. Similar increases and decreases are visible all over the place. The city partly stopped to evolve, so its gothics outfit mostly remained. The local material of sandstone remains sea life with its shell marks, confirming both, biotic and abiotic origin. In the mines, bio-tops with algae developed over times. This could lead to new material development in the future.

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Figure 4: Visit of Kutná Hora (photo: Davidová 2016)

Relationship of the politics and design was of particular interest of the discussions. This relates to Marie Davidova’s starting systemic project GIGA‐mapping the Architectural Performance: Appreciation of New Coming Cultures that relates to refugees crisis and Birger Sevaldson’s coming project Design for Democracy.

Birger Sevaldson as second supervisor, had separate discussions with Marie Davidova about her research in general and the PhD project in particular. The discussion where summing up the project, the method of common cooperation and discussing strength and weaknesses in the thesis.

Článek z archiwebu zde:

Architektura a její prostředí: Reflexe nad přednáškou Michaela Hensela


6. června 2016 proběhla na Technické univerzitě v Liberci přednáška průkopníka Performativní architektury, spoluzakladatele Ocean Design Research Association a profesora na Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Michaela Hensela. Zásadním tématem byl vztah architektury a prostředí. Přednáška začala z pozice architektury, která svým chováním na prostředí reaguje a skončila diskusí nad plánovaným projektem na vinicích v Bordeaux o živé architektuře, která ze svého prostředí roste.
Michael nastínil posun k architektuře, která je plnohodnotnou součástí svého prostředí z pozice neantropocentrické architektury zahrnující oboje, jeho živé i neživé faktory. Takovýto přístup si žádá nové nástroje a metody. Hensel, spolu se svým kolegou Sørensenem, používají ve svém školním atelieru pro návrhy lokální, real-time data prostřednictvím arduina a senzorů a simulace ve virtuální realitě. Takovýto přístup má podle mě zásadní potenciál pro environmentálně zaměřenou metodologii  Systems Oriented Design diskutovanou jeho kolegou Birgerem Sevaldsonem na TUL letos v březnu. Komplexní navrhování při sledování a simulování biotických a abiotických faktorů při mezioborovém teamu nabízí krok dále v kreativním prostředí, takzvaném Rich Design Research Space.
Hensel je také průkopníkem metody Research by Design při prototypování v plném měřítku. Tato metoda skýtá nejlepší konfrontaci s vlastním výzkumem prostřednictvím vlastní zkušenosti a sledování interakce prototypu s prostředím. Data tedy nejsou sbírána jen pro návrh, ale i jako zpětná vazba pro další návrhy. Podobný význam má i sledování tradiční architektury, která byla vyvíjena a testována po generace v přímém vztahu k místním environmentálním podmínkám. Taková měření neslouží jen k sledování tvrdých dat, ale i k vyvíjení vžitých, až podvědomých zkušeností a znalostí architektky/a.
Lidstvo bylo vždy součástí svého živého i neživého prostředí a po většinu své historie měla architektura různé úrovně interakcí, či výměn mezi svými hranicemi, ať už se jedná o dvory, verandy, otevřené či uzavřené pavlače, arkády, balkony, pasáže, neklimatizovaná zádveří či jiné vnitřní prostory. Takovýto cibulový princip architektury umožňuje různé úrovně jejího obývání. Mnoho z těchto znalostí bylo zapomenuto a nahrazeno umělým prostředím energii konzumujících ventilací a izolací. Současné nové technologie nám můžou pomoci v návratu k přirozené rovnováze.Přednáška se uskutečnila v rámci projektu Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance za laskavé podpory EHP a Norských fondů.

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