Experimental Design II (Optimizing Detail)

Experimental Design II (Optimizing Detail)

Course type: Project
Course tutors: Joanna Giecewicz
Jakub Franczuk

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Course Code: Ex2 ETCS: 6
Lecture hours: 60

General description

This design class creates conditions for a search for technical solutions for unusual concept components requiring a novel approach.

In the first part of the semester, participants present proprietary proposals for details making up elements made earlier or in parallel with the design. During discussions a selection is defined as are specific qualities that serve as a basis for creating a material solution (these qualities can apply to both technical requirements and pure ideas).

Participants shape the material and structural concepts making up the solution to the stated problem individually. An aspect of the task is to present the idea in the form of a model illustrating the specifics of the element and its impact together with the building.

In the second phase of the course, participants join together to form three–member teams the make–up of which is in line with the specifics of the undertaken tasks. Each team strives to create the best possible method of laboratory testing (in a physical and virtual environment), conducting tests and formulating conclusions relating to the effectiveness of solutions.

Studio topics

PKB 2010-2015

This course refers to Thesis project (DS4) each year.

Experimental Design 2 ’19

The prefix ‘meta’ has acquired something of a bad rep over the last few years. It has come to be understood primarily in terms of self-reflection – i.e. a text about a text, a picture about a picture. Initially, ‘meta’ intends something rather more colloquial. According to the Greek-English Lexicon, the preposition and prefix, ‘meta’(μετά) has several meanings and connotations. Most commonly it translates as ‘after’. However, it can also be used to denote qualitative ‘changes’ or to designate positions such as ‘with’ and ‘between’.

It indicates movement between as well as a movement beyond. It points towards a changing cultural sensibility – or cultural metamorphosis. Meta – does not refer to one particular system of thought or specific structure of feeling. It infers a plurality of them and repositions itself with and between them.

It is many, but also one. Encompassing, yet fragmented.
Now, yet then. Here, but also there.

Is Warsaw – with its dispersed amorphous growth – inclined towards a system of norms or exceptions? It is disordered, incomplete, spatially unclear – so devoid of a consistent space syntax that it is hard even to determine gaps in its continuity as it lacks the latter. It is a place where elements of different times coexist, and so do tradition and experiments: it is both an antithesis and an essence of cityness.

Limitation of Warsaw’s cityness is one of the main arteries – Jerozolimskie Avenue and the adjacent underground railway line. In the central part, the street has two different faces, one with an order, plan, similar shapes and sizes, repetitiveness, boredom, some sameness of pitch and tone; and the other, which is the complete opposite.

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