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Spiralling slope as a real life co-design laboratory

Davidova, Marie, Panek, Karel and Pankova, Michaela 2018. Spiralling slope as a real life co-design laboratory. Presented at: Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity, Tucson, AZ, USA, 22 - 23 February 2018.

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The paper and its presentation is to discuss a family house Spiraling Slope (sophia) that is co-designed, inhabited, tested and developed prototype by the second and third author of this submission, the clients. The eco-systemically performing house, literally twisted as a helix into the sloping terrain, gaining its thermal energy, is also covered by extensive greenery to gain this property on its top. Algae, grown on the glass roof, is to moderate its atrium clime. Through its sloping disposition, the house employs natural ventilation for its airing. Though the first author is conducting research that this performance is operated by nature of material properties (Davidová 2016c), in the time of the house’s design stage, this research was not developed enough to meet the building practice. Therefore, the house’s eco-systemic performance that could not have been reached by biology is achieved through the technology of autonomous environment control (sysloop). Sysloop is a real-time knowledge processing software cowering physical computing, where the clients are the main developer, co-designing with all the other professions involved in the house design and construction, including its architects and systemic designer. Since the house’s design is based on natural performance, both its environmental, social, cultural and practical performance is operated through a computer based system AI that relates to BIG Data, the paper therefore presents one of the first attempts of fusion of abiotic and biotic agency with artificial intelligence in architectural practice. Testing such prototype by life co-living experience brings true insights into its design in time. This approach has been defined by Sevaldson as Time-Based Design at the start of this millennium (Sevaldson 2004; Sevaldson 2005). However, at that time the crucial leading design team member was not at the same time the subject of testing. This brings the Shön’s discussion on ‘reflective practitioner’ (Schön 1983) few steps further. It is not the case when her/his designing and lecturing is enriched by tacit knowledge of i.e. building practice experience, but furthermore, the co-designer’s experience is gained through living within the system s/he is co-designing and co-prototyping in real life and for real life. Therefore, through such case studies, as the approach fuses the life performance with its design and eco-systemic design and living processes, the first author defends to ratify a new design field, Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance that fights for the shift from Anthropocene.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 December 2018
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 16:19

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