04 May 2015

Experimental Architecture

 Experimental Architecture


1. "Generic programs - stores, bars, apartments, office buildings, theatres -- provide a rich ground for examination..." cross referencing with the ideology that the regulatory constraints in architecture predict the "preset functional assumptions", what is the validity in excitement for future architecture? Simply put, creating new housing schemes for the same, repetitious program seems like an attempt to reinvent the wheel. What if we were to change the wheel, to mesh program together (i.e. skyscraper X forest) does this alter the computational input due to the fact that both programs require different presets?

2. Fay Wray's golf slippers - an attempt of architectural adaptability. Brings up criticism that those who want to live in dual realms. On one hand catering to the work place environment (Hollywood) as well as the practicality of comfort in miniature golfing. Is this translated into the realm of architecture in terms of built form. If so, is it the architects job to have an adaptable building or is it the users responsibility to alter their method of thinking whilst engaging in these actions?

_Lebbeus Woods

3. "The architect must become, more than ever, a creature of the present". These architects inevitably are those reconstructing in a post-apocalyptic era, so to speak. This brings up practice and service. The idea that they are no longer viewing the city from a perspective above but at the scale of a system. How architecture and theory can collide to create a gestural form which portrays these moves. Is this a reasonable method of thinking? Will these iterations be only left at the aspect of academia or theory?


4. Architecture in a realm absent of inclement weather, creates these seemingly utopian performances for architecture. One that for obvious reasons, allows us to use nature as a stage and us as the story line. With no influence from the outside world, how are we reacting to creating these new habitats? My thoughts veering into the discourse of highly curated spaces. Ranging from bio-dome ecosystems to artificial lighting and even mechanical systems. To what degreee do we as designers need to take a step back and let the ruling of nature and the existing over-run our inherent need to control everything?


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