Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance

  • Marie Davidova Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec
Keywords: Systems Oriented Design, Rich Design Research Space, GIGA-Mapping, Prototyping, Full Scale, Media Mix

Abstract

First-hand experiences in several design projects that were based on media richness and collaboration are described in this article. Although complex design processes are merely considered as socio-technical systems, they are deeply involved with natural systems. My collaborative research in the field of performance-oriented design combines digital and physical conceptual sketches, simulations and prototyping. GIGA-mapping - is applied to organise the data. The design process uses the most suitable tools, for the subtasks at hand, and the use of media is mixed according to particular requirements. These tools include digital and physical GIGA-mapping, parametric computer aided design (CAD), digital simulation of analyses, as well as sampling and 1:1 prototyping. Also discussed in this article are the methodologies used in several design projects to strategize these tools and the developments and trends in the tools employed.  The paper argues that the digital tools tend to produce similar results through given pre-sets that often do not correspond to real needs. Thus, there is a significant need for mixed methods including prototyping in the creative design process. Media mixing and cooperation across disciplines is unavoidable in the holistic approach to contemporary design. This includes the consideration of diverse biotic and abiotic agents. I argue that physical and digital GIGA-mapping is a crucial tool to use in coping with this complexity. Furthermore, I propose the integration of physical and digital outputs in one GIGA-map and the participation and co-design of biotic and abiotic agents into one rich design research space, which is resulting in an ever-evolving research-design process-result time-based design.


Author Biography

Marie Davidova, Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec

Marie Davidová, MArch. is a founding member and chair of Collaborative Collective practice network and NGO, PhD research fellow at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec in visual arts field and in architecture and built environment field at the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Faculty of Architecture, MOLAB department, where she is also scientific consultant in studios FLO|W and PET-MAT. She gained her master degree in architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design under the supervision of Birger Sevaldson and Per Kartvedt. Marie had been working as an architect in practice studios Snøhetta and Expology in Oslo and teaching as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She has been visiting transdisciplinary studio course leader at the Architectural Institute in Prague and at the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec, both in cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

Marie works in the field of Performance Oriented Design and Systems Oriented Design and has held guest lectures and workshops in this field in Europe, North America and Asia, where she is also widely published.

Published
2017-04-19
How to Cite
Davidova, M. (2017). Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance. FormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.1713