Mediating Tactics presents the work of the students from the following masterstudios:
The collective presentation takes place on Friday 10.01.20 from 18h to 23h on our campus Sint-Lucas Gent in the Hoogstraat 51 on several locations…
FIELDSTATION STUDIO: ARCHITECTURE & AUTOMATION
studio tutors: Corneel Cannaerts & Michiel Helbig
(presentation in cafeteria)
Fieldstation Studio presents their collective work exploring the impact of automation on architecture.
For more than a century automation has been radically impacting different parts of society, from agriculture, manufacturing, shipping and transportation, to governance and warfare. Initially automation was mainly aimed at increasing the efficiency of and avoiding the precarities associated with manual labor. Through developments in computation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, today automation is also affecting intellectual labor and even creative industries and design.
By means of a series of Field Guides, Fieldstation Studio explored and mapped how automation is particularly affecting the field of Architecture and raised specific questions; What is the nature and scale of the architectures and landscapes of automation? How can processes of design, fabrication and construction be automated? How bright is the future of the automated city and building? What is the impact of automation on the media ecology in which architecture operates? How is automation affecting imagination and the novel visual culture resulting from automated technologies reading and scanning of our environment?
These reflections on architecture and automation were then concretised through a number of speculative design projects, using the site of the former American pavilion at Expo 85 (or what’s left of it) as a canvas. During the World Exhibition in Brussels several aspects of our current (automated) society and the role of technology were introduced in this pavilion and a curiously accurate image of the future was presented. For the design exercise, both the topics that were discussed in the Field Guides and the context of the site formed a possible starting points, resulting in a variation of proposals and concrete examples of how architecture and automation (can) intersect.
DE ONFEILBAREN – DE PRINTS
studio tutors: Hugo Vanneste & Bert Joostens
(performance at 20h in the church)
In een zoektocht naar de (on)feilbaarheid stellen 15 masterstudenten architectuur een gezamenlijk werk tentoon in de kerk van Hoogstraat 51. Een synthese van hun individuele onderzoek naar wat falen voor hen betekent.
Iedereen welkom om 20u in de kerk voor een korte performance.
studio tutors: Carl Bourgeois & Jasmien Wouters
(presentation in containers schoolyard)
Two barges, flat boats. One question, architecture?
The boats are the central point of interest. Their names : Captal and Amundsen.
What can 2 times 360 floating cubic meters do with the city? What can architecture education do with two times 360 floating cubic meters on the water?
As a faculty of Architecture, do we dare to think about building tentacles in the city all by ourselves? And what should they look like? What is the power of floating spaces? How do we fill them in weight so that the waterline reaches the level of the first scuppers? How do we visualize them so that they shine and blend at the same time? How do we program their activity? Is it a studio, a workshop, an exhibition space, an auditorium, a fablab, a residence.
Can we think of it as everything at once?
This studio wants to take the first step: from a hull boat (or two) to this micro-architecture school or field station in the city. We are the harbinger of a series. The better our intervention, the stronger the evidence that architecture is primarily about the smart preparation of space.
It remains an experiment, but it is not a whim. The assignment is concrete, the client is known. The experiment is also part of a series: from the WTC experience in Brussels, over Canal we are now looking for aspects of this nomadic school in Ghent.
The exercise also wants to strengthen relations towards other studios: -Field station studio and AOB, because of the inspiring character of an open source station as a laboratory for new spacial programs. -The Wicked habitation studio and AOB that investigates the essence of our being in relation to the given ‘space’ and who will also provide the boat as a case in semester 2.
But we are primarily practical, hands-on, doers, makers. From quick concepts to execution drawings and construction plans to carpentry and assembly of intelligent and multi-purpose space. Temporary interventions interspersed with fixed optimizations of a boat (or two) that is already full of character.
One project, multiple parts. Enough to challenge you both in design and construction. Who said the school does not offer real site experience? Who claims that there is no chance of implementing something that you have designed yourself?
Here we go!
THE BIG HOLE
studio tutor: Lars Fischer
(presentation in room 123)
The studio takes the landscape of coal strip mines located near the Belgian border in Germany as its point of departure to develop a critical design position that addresses the aesthetics of sustainability.
Currently, a sustainable architecture is primarily realised and legitimised by developments of new technologies, smart materials, and renewable energies, increased thermal insulation and advanced heating systems, academic research and scientific testing, sophisticated labels and prestigious awards, etc. But what today may seem promising, might eventually lead to further problems. Sustainability is a complex concept, that due to different interests at play, and particular modes of communication, carries multiple, often conflictual meanings, which ultimately dissolve into meaninglessness.
How we talk about and communicate sustainability sets up specific expectations of how we deal with it. This studio will establish and discuss an aesthetics of sustainability as a means to communicates a concept of what the contemporary relation of architecture and environment actually is, or could potentially be.
Considered the biggest hole in Europe, the Garzweiler surface mine has affected many surrounding villages and several have been lost or resettled. The site of resettlement is the location for an architectural proposal to begin to redefine a language for a sustainable architecture.