Dip 5 focuses on the role of architecture as complex ecologies that act as linking mechanisms between living beings, social groups and technological objects. The unit explores the notion of buildings as third natures – deliberate material and intellectual manipulations of our biotope. To encourage a deep rethinking of buildings as public spaces, we focused this year on the conceptual and technical development of a small to mediumscale project that involves linking inert and living materials. Engagement with technology was paired with a new consciousness of the identity of our body – redefining the role of artificiality, perception or carnality within our experience.
The work of the unit is highly contextual, extending the notion of context beyond its conventional limits. The context of the public space is defined not just in relation to its physical surroundings, but in terms or the congregation of people that use it. A congregation, here, is understood beyond the usual meaning of a single social group bound together in worship or by politics. Rather, it implies links with other social groups, natural species, ecosystems and objects, including technological ones. In this way, the congregational public spaces become assemblies, meetings of members of numerous communities of different backgrounds.