Experimental Design I (Examining Structural Qualities)

Experimental Design I (Examining Structural Qualities)

Course type: Project

ASK course

Course Code: Ex1 ETCS: 8
Lecture hours: 60

General description of the course

Using real models, computer simulations, and devices objectifying the evaluation of results, what is being built is an environment for conducting a structural efficiency study.

Course participants are assigned simple tasks requiring the creation of a concept for an element with defined structural requirements (roofs, spans, suspension, bearing, etc.).

During the first part of the semester, participants shape materials and structural concepts making up solutions for the stated problem individually. An aspect of the task is the presentation of the idea in the form of a model illustrating the operation of the element such that it is possible to conduct utilitarian tests (physical or simulated).

In the second phase of the course, participants get together into three–member teams whose composition matches the specifics of the task being undertaken. Each team strives to create laboratory test methods, conduct tests, and formulate conclusions relating to solution effectiveness to the best of their ability.

Studio topics

Digital x Vernacular 2013

This experimental ASK studio is exploring the opportunities and consequence of the dissemination of the IT culture in the developing and previously marginalized world. Can traditional material and techniques be augmented through the deployment of digital technologies and tools? Can we explore the notion of digital vernacular to reverse one sided globalization trends? The expansion of the internet and resulting global connectivity is reformulating our design
conventions.The contemporary student of architecture will have to confront design practice in the diverse cultural situations quite distant from the home ground. The ASK Program provides the formative experience and participation in the global knowledge society. Information technology expands the possibilities of creative work when computers are regarded not only as tools, but also as the means to involve others in the design process. No longer marginalized, the citizen of the XXI century has now direct access to design process. The distributed collaborations and the participatory design takes important part in forming pervasive and ambient digital environments. While the expansion of social ties across the planet should lead to rich and complex connectivity globalization process is not yet very balanced and cultural colonialism is rampant. The one sided nature of global cultural exchanges deserves much more scrutiny and the adage „think globally, act locally” reminds of ideal condition needed to confront cultural globalization. Perhaps we can also learn from the seminal and rich “glocal” cultures.In this studio we will broaden design scope through a more speculative exploration of new technologies and materials as related to the tradition.