Photos by Jessica Lai, Tina Harrington, Cameline Bolbroe

Architecture Featured Workshop


The Æ research group in collaboration with Arup hosted a cluster workshop about experiencing architecture. The cluster, Spaces in Experience explored human experience in relation to adaptive environments through experiential sketching: a combination of actor training, people tracking, physical modelling and augmented reality.

Smartgeometry is an international organisation that brings together practitioners, researchers and students from architecture, engineering and other fields related to the design of the built environment. This year the Smartgeometry conference took place at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The event was organised around the theme of Urban Compaction and consisted as in previous years of a four-day intensive workshop followed by two days of presentations and debate.

Urban Compaction

The conference theme Urban compaction requires us to rethink how we use and conceive of space. The need to build higher and at increased complexity challenges how we design inhabitable spaces. This challenge provides an interesting opportunity to think about environments that are adaptive: Space that in real-time negotiates dynamic relations with the occupants that it accommodates. This cluster will explore and develop the experience of spaces that can be manipulated in real-time and at 1:1 scale.



During the workshop an experiential full scale spatial setup was provided, which functioned as a design sketching tool for the investigations. Framing experience as the awareness of how we perceive the dynamic relationship between occupant, space and technology, performative arts approaches were applied such as rehearsing scenarios from different user perspectives. Participants got the opportunity to modify and reconfigure the spatial setup in order to collaboratively challenge architectural design in relation to experience of space over time. While we pursued to collaboratively assess, develop and stage new possible understandings of spaces of change, the cluster provided participants with a developed understanding of how experience deliberately can be used as an active design parameter. This forms an important basis for a conceptual framework that can inform a new adaptive architectural literacy.

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Participants:

Cluster Champion:  Cameline Bolbroe
Cluster Champion:  Hugo Mulder
Cluster Champion:  Kjell Yngve Petersen
Cluster Champion:  Francesco Anselmo
Research Assistant:  Tina Harrington
Research Assistant:  Jørn Lambertsen

Participants:

Cluster Champion:  Cameline Bolbroe
Cluster Champion:  Hugo Mulder
Cluster Champion:  Kjell Yngve Petersen
Cluster Champion:  Francesco Anselmo
Research Assistant:  Tina Harrington
Research Assistant:  Jørn Lambertsen

Timeline:


Smartgeometry 2014