Content tagged: providing settings for social relations to emerge
Marianne Mueller and Fran Cottell talked about how spaces, their shape and configuration affects people’s social behaviour at ‘Rethinking the Social in Architecture’, a research symposium by ‘Architecture in Effect’ at Umea University in Sweden. The projects they presented experiment with the ‘social’ in the form of shared experiences and create modes of sociability through the micro-articulation of spatial form at the people scale.
6.-8. Febuary 2013
Umea School of Architecture, Umea, Sweden
A round of presentations and discussion followed by a book launch, accompanied by drinks. With Rochus Urban Hinkel, from Urban Interior, a research group at the School of Architecture,
RMIT University, Melbourne, Dr Hélène Frichot from Architecture + Philosophy, Marianne Mueller, Concrete Geometries Research Cluster, Architectural Association School of Architecture. And the presentation of the “Urban Interior – informal explorations, interventions and occupations” book,
edited by Rochus Urban Hinkel.
Friday, 17.6.2011, 18.30h
public works, 1-5 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG
For the practice of architecture, the format of the exhibition provides a rare opportunity. Besides functional and statutory requirements, with minimal means and an audience to play with, the exhibition provides an interesting site where ideas can be tested one on one. Social ideas especially require testing, as their development is depended on live experiments. The essay focuses on the exhibition ‘The Relational in Architecture’ held by the Concrete Geometries Research Cluster at the Architectural Association in 2012; an event that served a dual purpose: as a space of display, contemplating the relationship between architectural form and social behaviour; and as an actual research space, testing directly how spatial geometry can assist in the production of intersubjective encounters.
This exhibition held by the Concrete Geometries Research Cluster at the Architectural Association in 2012, served a dual purpose: as a space of display, contemplating the relationship between architectural form and social behaviour; and as an actual research space, testing directly how spatial geometry can assist in the production of intersubjective encounters. To explore this, participating artist Fran Cottell developed a site specific intervention that reclaimed the Front Member’s Room as a space of debate and exchange.
Download the Oasis 88 article “The Exhibition as Social Ground” for a full description.
‘Geometries’ or built form could respond to and be informed by the socio-spatial realities of the everyday. This clearly extends from the immediate physical reality of objects or structures used in a project to include social processes which evolve through the use of spatial settings.
Connecting Corridor is a temporary architectural intervention between two buildings in the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The project plays with the notion of personal space and the fear people experience of one another in public places such as subways or tunnels. The new connecting space first gathers, then bifurcates before its two strands unite again. Its cross-section is dimensioned to cause unexpected encounters. Studio Elmo Vermijs works on the intersection of visual art, architecture and design. Photograph: Gemma van Linden.
This walk-in-sculpture for the Pori Art Museum in Finland contained a video archive showing Finnish films from the Pori region. The raised open structure created an integrative situation in which the visitors could be observed observing. While traditional cinema architecture hides the viewers from one another through their alignment towards the screen, Communal Cinema allowed the opposite: the circular plan arrangement and encompassing screen prompted viewers to observe each other and interact while watching a film. The lack of enclosure encouraged the distant participation of other gallery visitors. Kai Schiemenz is a German artist living an working in Berlin and New York. Photography: Erkki Valli-Jaakola
These architectural interventions into the existing spaces of a school in Berlin aim to provide experientially engaging spaces. Assuming that sensory experience is crucial to stimulate emotional identification and positive behavioural responses, the spaces were developed through a collaborative design approach involving users, client and architect. The children’s fantastical worlds triggered new environments such as the ‘Kaleidoscope Gallery’: a gallery of mirrors optically dissolving the geometrical space of the hallway or ‘Fire Wings’, horizontal and sloped surfaces on which the children can lie down, sit or slide. The interventions activated communication, encouraged pupils to overcome language barriers and became a social catalyst in a socially disadvantaged neighbourhood.
Susanne Hofmann is funder of Baupiloten, an experimental architectural studio bridging education, practice and research. Photography: Jan Bitter.
Following previous house installations for CGP London, displaying the emotional qualities of chaos, and the relative status of the inhabitants and visitors as they perambulate through the house on increasingly higher platforms until, finally puncturing the ceiling and contributing to a collection of heads.
BACK to FRONT will return to the ground; creating a new through space. The visibility of the house, visitors and the inhabitants will in turn be brought into question.
‘On the Relational in Architecture’ Friday, 17.6.2011 6.30h @ public works, 1-5 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG A round of presentations and discussion followed by a book launch, accompanied by drinks. With Rochus Urban Hinkel, from Urban Interior, a research group at the School of Architecture,
RMIT University, Melbourne, Dr Hélène Frichot from Architecture + (…)