Experimental Design I (structure studies)

Experimental Design I (structure studies)

Course type: Project
Course tutors: Marcin Strzała

ASK course

Status: obligatory Course level: advanced
Course Code: Ex1 ETCS: 5
Expected own workload: 35 Proj/lab/semin hours: 75

General description of the course

We are building an environment for conducting a structural efficiency study through the use of physical models, computer simulation, and equipment that objectively evaluate the results

Course participants receive a simple task that requires the creation of an element with defined structural requirements (covering, covering the span, suspension, support, etc.)

During the first half of the semester, the students individually shape material and structural concepts that solve the problem. The task is to present the idea in the form of a model illustrating the function of the element, which gives the possibility of subjecting it to functional tests (physical or simulated)

In the second phase of the course, the participants join three-person teams whose composition corresponds to the specificity of the tasks undertaken. Each team strives to create the best possible method of laboratory testing, conducts tests and formulates conclusions regarding the effectiveness of solutions.

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.