Content tagged: relational design
The volume of this small urban house is trimmed from various directions, to distract one’s gaze from the restrictiveness of a tight site near the centre of Tokyo. By shaping the volume into polyhedrons and entaggeling them in a three-dimensional way, a set of ambiguous spaces are produced, both internally and externally, directing one’s line of vision along divers surfaces, lines and openings. Material variations from opaque/matte to transparent/reflective distributed over the facades of the house acts as a further layer of visual deviations, as the light moves over these surfaces.
Atelier Tekuto is a Japanese architecture studio. Photography: Makoto Yoshida.
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.
For this offsite project of Café Gallery Projects London, a raised platform was built through the densely inhabited household of the artist, functioning as a walkway for visitors, a sculptural system and a concrete space. Maintaining its level and negotiating and framing objects and people; the platform creates unusual proximities, manipulating the comparative levels of display of ‘the museum’ content. Occupants and visitors discuss their relative status, within the still functioning spaces; bringing into play conflicting and contradictory power relations. The installation serves as a ‘social experiment’ to see which prevails – visitor or intruder.
Fran Cottell is an artist and senior lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts. Photography: Terry Watts.
‘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 + (…)