What could be the role of tectonics and material explorations in implementing ecological thoughts and processes in architecture?
Studio 3B will explore the agency of sustainable tectonics and performative approaches in stimulating a deeper understanding of ecological thinking. Engaging in project development using hands-on/workshop anchored investigations, the studio will focus on how to:
foster innovation “from within“, creatively experimenting with a multiplicity of tools, processes and workflows, facilitating learning instead of teaching.
Adopting an empiric, situated and affective attitude, creatively embracing more-than-humans perspectives, Studio 3B will support processes of performative testing and prototyping, engaging with materialities beyond typical palettes. We will accept aesthetic anomalies, understand the value of the used, the rotten, the weak, embracing inclusive and alternative ideas of beauty and performance. Studio 3B will support hybrid processes and workflows of making, mixing tools from the digital, to the analog, to the virtual spectrum. Intending the classroom as something in between a workshop and a laboratory, we will support horizontal and inverted pedagogies to promote a culture of co-creation.
unpack and manage complexity, across different scales and topics, establishing novel relations and spatial experiences.
Studio 3B considers that designing from the small scale, the detail, the material exploration, the architectural component, from what is naturally more related to users through visual relations, tactile approach, and spatial experience, is an effective approach to understand entanglements and ecosystemic connections, to manage plural agendas, and to design “ecosophical” proposals, sensitive to socio-cultural, economic, and environmental issues.
critically unfold established sustainability guidelines to foster new paradigms and performances.
Studio 3B will encourage critical enquiries of the current norms and standards associated with qualifying sustainable credentials. Understanding yet questioning the implication of prescriptive valuations, we will support investigations focused on specific ecosophical performances, driven by the students’ own curiosity.
engage with a contemporary theoretical framework of ecological thinking through tools of architecture.
Favoring a situated design approach,Studio 3B will refer to the intellectual production of authors that have attempted to displace anthropocentric paradigms in favour of an attitude of thinking-with, questioning a notion of objectivity understood as impartiality – a view from above – in favour of personally engaged processes of research and direct observation. Those references, celebrating awkward relations, multiple protagonists, partial connections, assemblages of different natures, etc. will serve as a support to understand an expanding realm of material matters.
View a video presentation of the studio here.
Watch the interactive studio presentation here in Miro.
Download the non-interactive studio presentation here.