Architectural Association | UK | 2011/12
Course Brief :
‘In the early stages of creation of both art and science, everything in the mind is a story.’ [Socio-Biologist - E. O. Wilson]
From the dawn of civilization, human imagination and ideas have shaped various materials and composed them together as stereotomic and tectonic constructions, making environments in the image of man.
The ability to re-invent the use of materials while creating brand new ones has been essential to the way architecture has changed its form, expression and aesthetics over the centuries.
From found mineral materials such as wood and stone to the structural steel of the industrial revolution and the pre fabricated concrete of the post war residential blocks, material evolution and the correlated art of making have always guided the way in which civilization has faced its most critical challenges.
Taking its cue from the ghosts of past technological and material revolutions, ActiveMatter will depart from the current ‘mainstream’ design interest in tectonic discretization and surface componentry, forging a new alliance between intrinsic material properties and effects.
Learning from material innovators as well as from nature’s apt for adaptation and integration, the unit will shift from an understanding of assemblies into the logic of ‘deep composite integrations’, where seamless matter is impregnated with intention and materials are ‘programmed’ to ‘do things’, de facto blurring the boundaries between machines and matter.
Nathan Su High
Yan Zhang High
Lindsy Krug Low
Jassim Al Nashmi
Tom King Low
Jonathan Chi Ho Wong
Cheng Feng Men
Justin Hin Yeung Tsang