The Bartlett MArch Graduate Design Show
Is it research or is it art?
Work of the students on the MArch Graduate Design (GAD), a one-year post graduate course at The Bartlett conceived to provide open access to advanced research in architecture, is on display at the (ex) Royal Ear Hospital.
The exhibition focusses around six ‘research clusters’; these clusters feature more specific research exploring the opportunities gained through the new computational tools and processing platforms that influence the fabrication process.
‘Increased Resolution Fabric of Architecture’, RC1: The students aimed to tighten the traditionally extensive architectural conceptual framework and replace it with an intensive one. Their architecture draws on large data from the’ finer-grain physics of matter – matter as information, enabled by computation’.
‘Form Follows Fetish’, RC2: Challenging the accepted dictat that form follows function, the students formulated their own set of values that underpinned their work that were defined by a strong aesthetic ann intrinsic pychological behaviours and fixations. These are discussed in the work in terms of human interaction and also the larger urban context.
‘All the World’s a Stage’, RC3: Looking at the way peopl e perceive and take part in the transformation of architectural objects and spaces transform, the students had built a series of experimental installations. These installations explored the limits of materials in dynamic movement, how objects and structures can be deployed and how computation can enable automatic, responsive and interactive behaviours.
‘Digital Prototyping’, RC4: Students displayed their collaborative research that focussed on design strategies including parametric geometrical modelling, material research, physics simulations, physical computing and fabrication technologies. These were the primary focus when evaluating and approaching design.
‘[Re]calibrator’, RC5: “How do we deal with our thought process as architects in a world where the illusion of the sketch-drawing-structure progression may well have been shattered? What is the position of the sketch in a digital age where rather than going through a process of refinement, the lines and movements may be translated directly into architectural fabric themselves?”
‘Form Generation and Materialization’, RC 6: The studio studied digitial morphognetic processes able to generate spatial complexity from the simulation of real-world phenomena. They analyzed natural and physical processes, traditional and advanced form finding techniques, to evaluate their potential and constraints using those as a substrate to develop unique digital workflows embracing the entire design cycle from concept to materialization.
The exhibition is open until September 29.