Promotor: Tomas Ooms
UNKNOWN EDIFICE II: The Urban Condition 8
In Making / Detail, Structure, Material
IT STARTS HERE: MAKING CIVIC
The activity and focus of an architectural practice fluctuates. Some periods you are mainly working on competitions and at other times you are spending most of your energy exploring how things are made, and how to make them. Currently in the design practice, it is the latter: We are preoccupied with the making of things. This question of ‘how to make’ applies to the design process as well as to the actual construction (details) of a project before bringing it to site. Through making and prototyping, different ways to reduce material are explored. Experiments with unexpected and un-anticipated ways of reusing materials are ongoing. What specific details can be developed and what kind of material can be proposed so that the combination of material and detail enhances the intent and concept of the project? Through making, we learn. Making is about bringing together ‘Form’, ‘Matter’ and ‘Concept’.
At the same time, as a design research practice, we aim to contribute to the realisation of Civic Spaces. We are interested in the capacity of architecture to facilitate Civic Space. We are eager to see how particular spatial relationships and spatial conditions play in important role in this. One such a spatial condition we are curious about is the Incipient Raum…
These two lines of inquiry, ‘Making’ and ‘Incipient Raum’, emerge out of the current activities in design practice and form a practice-based motivation for the Master Dissertation 2020-2021 Incipient Raum: Unknown Edifice II: The Urban Condition 8: In the Making.
In this studio you will develop your work in an environment of exploration that is based in the production of well-crafted architectural documents (drawings, models, sections, details, schemes, diagrams…) that merge thinking and making. The studio combines the very factual and situated knowledge (a real site) with a more fundamental and experimental exploration of architecture. This year, Incipient Raum Studio runs in parallel and engages with the Incipient Detail spring semester studio at the Milano Politecnico.
THE TABLE AS A FIELD
The Incipient Raum studio is a field that is created by juxtaposing and conjoining different fragments, artefacts and concepts. What you will bring to the ‘table’ (literal and figuratively), will rearrange that field. It will change the relationships and proportions between the parts and ideas with the goal of making it your own field of practice. The field finds it origin a curiosity and an eagerness to explore something unknown. The table of artefacts, fragments and concepts will play a central role in the studio and will evolve throughout the semesters to a full-fledged –spatial-knowledge landscape. (See the presentation for examples of previous results, link below)