This year we explored quantitative and qualitative density, proposing novel insertions into a highly defined urban condition in Paris. Emphasising the intensified relevance of multi-layered approaches to metropolitan growth, we developed compound design modes for architectural envelopes understood as material transcriptions of contextual negotiations.
Methodological research discussed the extension of a parameter-based process by introducing a spatial and phenomenal approach, observing varied and unexpected outcomes of a prescribed framework and the accumulation of individual inventions.
The relation between predictive design, dynamic input and perceptive reading was considered throughout the year as a staged sequence of analytical and representational media describing various layers of cultural, historical and environmental complexity.
The initial sequencing of urban conditions led to the creation of proposed spatial combinations by hybridising techniques of codified drawing and digital modelling. These three-dimensional diagrams alluded to physical and perceptive qualities of architectural forms and situations. From this logical frame, further sectional study revealed the depth of the Parisian block – its inner beauty in relation to iconic cosmetics.
Students tackled distinguished precedents to expose implicit relationships between forms and modes of living. Starting from overt monumentality we requisitioned past and typical typologies through a simultaneous dialogue between surface, space and experience. Taking into account typological reinventions, we filtered different degrees of materialised envelope designs, regarding them as an interface where culture and history meet both in social arrangement and stylistic expression. The unit also considered environmental responses to architectonic inventions. Designs were abstracted as strategies for urban development in response to the illustrious and deceptive visual continuity of Paris.
Taking the envelope as a magnifying lens, student work explores the contemporary evolution of urban living through the interstitial layer negotiating the public from the private, the ephemeral from the constant, and reinvents this relationship through multi-scale design.