Negotiating Control: Three Experiments in Design

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The move from practice to research describes a trajectory that goes from
problem-solving to the pursuit of questions, from the certainty and perseverance
of architectural intents to the productive doubt of experiments, from clear-cut
disciplinary boundaries to the treacherous territory of transdisciplinary unknowns.
Strategies towards a design methodology that fosters openness and an intentional
relinquishing of control are discussed across three objects of inquiry—the line,
the drawing and the brick—in three separate contexts: the magazine Organs
Everywhere, which since 2010 has curated experimental voices that challenge and
redraw the edges of the discipline; Living Architecture, a EU-funded scheme that
operates at the interface of design, building construction, bioenergy and synthetic
biology; and Exaptive Design, a research project aimed at the theoretical and
methodological grounding of up-cycling and the reactivation of wastes.
These preliminary steps aspire to a future to which architects will contribute not by
generating new forms, but by weaving novel affordances.
Period1 Mar 2017
Held atNewcastle University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal