Diploma Unit 4’s research and design work considers contemporary transformations of the European territories. By looking at the material forms and spatial configurations of the multiple lines of evolution, conjunction, erosion, accretion, intensification and compression of the inhabited space of Europe at a time of profound change, we positioned architecture within the fields of tensions that make up contemporary human environments, to intercept, modify, intensify and shape the materials that constitute Europe today.
Our work starts with the hypothesis that the contemporary spaces of Europe’s coasts can be much more than they are. How can we identify the current transformation processes that shape and mould these inhabited spaces? How can we activate architectural intelligence to produce sites beyond what we already know?
The enquiry into how contemporary architecture and urbanism should be positioned amidst the myriad other processes seeking to shape Europe led to the production of new territorial images: on one side we examined new remote-sensing technologies that carve out spaces of operation and sovereignty, and on the other we focused on the agency that such new technologies elicit and entail.
The new models of agency that the research projects investigate show how architecture functions today within an ecology of differentiated spatial practices.
The work presented here is a series of reflections on the multiple objects, situations, actors and spaces, social processes and individual subjectivities currently active in Europe’s liminal spaces. How can and should architecture work among the complex systems that are shaping Europe? Can architecture draw out unmarked and often overlooked possibilities embedded in these systems and processes?