ACADEMIA 2014 / 2015
Educators: Marjan Colletti, Galo Moncayo Asan, Marc Ihle and Peter Massin
Meeting Nature Halfway
More than Décor The Responsive Ornament and Digital Criminals
Brief | Topic
Responsive and the Ornament
One of the urgently important issues in contemporary architecture is the responsible use of resources during development, design, production and fabrication of buildings. In many cases the implementation is isolated from the design as is mainly driven by automatisation and usage restrictions (e.g. try to open a window in the new faculty building). Therefore, not only the known approaches should be optimised and technically adapted, but new strategies must be developed to lead to relevant architectural solutions. Because, architecture is not only (next to fundamental protective tasks)about technical performance but also a societal and cultural expression. Despite te apparent decoupling of the task of responsibility and resource saving development, in terms of design, it is in particular the architect’s task to propagate the idea that design is a fundamental part of the solution. In that sense the user, is a soft factor and thus a variable with different levels of perception, complexity and behavior. This may not allow deterministic solutions thus returning architecture to a creative discipline. To respond to uncertainties and variable conditions of use, buildings require the ability to constantly adapt. A classic technical example is the thermostat, which controls the heating ystem using simple temperature sensors. Among others but for instance through the work of Nicholas Negroponte in architecture a field of activity opened which describes itself “responsive architecture”. It examines how buildings with multiple influences evaluated by sensors, could react through actuators.
Text: Peter Massin