PD-r, designing for cultural sustainability
Towards spatial strategies that provide handles to rethink hopeful and seemingly hopeless citified vacancies in and around the port of Amsterdam – SIXHAVEN & MARINE BASE case studies
Picture: “HUMAN-WATER-ENVIRONMENT IMAGERY FOR THE Y-HELLING: Designing scenographies for spatial rethinking the Dutch ‘Culture of Water’ along and beyond the waterfront of the NDSM Shipyard in Amsterdam” by Didong CHEN – arCsus-RAAAF Master Dissertation 2016-2017 – Awarded:
- The 11th IDA International Design Awards, Architecture-Conceptual Category, Bronze, issued by International Design Awards USA;
- International Architecture Competition- Shortlisted in ‘Architecture and Sea Level Rise’ Category, Issued by the Jacques Rougerie Foundation- Institut de France;
- ACA’s 5th International Design Competition- Winner of Young Architect Category, issued by Aditya College of Architecture, India
The arCsus Lab, chaired by prof.dr.arch. Marc Dujardin, aims to approach and explore the relationship between Architecture and Sustainability from the perspective of Culture and Society. It evolves as an interdisciplinary lab to maximize synergy intertwining ‘theoretical’ and ‘designed based’ research modi. But above all, arCsus Lab aims at triggering, challenging and inspiring young designers to develop their micro-scale design strategies, interventions and statements from different entry points, conceptual frameworks, perspectives and modes of communication, representation and media. As such, the designer will develop his/her personalized skills to approach architecture in the broadest sense of the word and scale of intervention as a ‘cultural praxis’. The arCsus research modus for the MAIG42 master dissertation is:
‘Designing for Cultural Sustainability’ from the perspective of ‘Architectural Anthropology’
Whenever the ‘potential’ dimension of architecture as medium of (spatial) communication and mediation is at stake, the role and meaning of culture as key dimension of sustainable development is commonly referred to as ‘Cultural Sustainability’, the fourth pillar of the sustainability concept (social – economic – environmental it Architecture should be approached as a cultural praxis and is widely referred to as ‘Architectural Anthropology’:
“Architectural Anthropology starts with the idea that every human society builds their habitat in a way which on the one hand reflects the ecosystem, technology, mode of production and ideas about life and after-life of that particular society, while on the other hand it articulates in its particular forms what is a universal phenomenon inherent in any human society” (Jan Pieper – ‘Ritual Space in India: Studies in Architectural Anthropology – 1980).
Based on his/her personal vision on architecture, triggers, references and skills that will surface during the first and second semester part of the design studio program (data mining, explorative fieldwork in situ, regular design studio sessions at the Ghent Campus, workshops at the RAAAF architecture Office in Amsterdam and the arCsus@home Lab in Lokeren), the students will partake in a synergetic and interdisciplinary framework for academic and practice based design research.
One or a combination of international renown theory and practice-based design strategies, initiated by the academic supervisor in close co-operation with RAAAF, may well appeal to and inspire the student to upscale his/her design strategies, tools and frames of reference in relation to architecture, approached as a cultural practice:
arCsus-RAAAF team design tutoring:
DESIGNING FOR CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY (arCsus – Marc Dujardin)
ARCHITECTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE & CULTURE MATRIX DESIGN (arCsus – Marc Dujardin)
VACANCY STUDIES, AFFORDANCES & HARDCORE HERITAGE: experiments & strategic interventions in architecture (RAAAF) DESIGNING FOR SEQUENTIAL TEMPORARINESS (RAAAF)
Selective bibliography based introductions and discussions:
DROSSCAPES: re-designing ‘waste landscapes’ in peri-urbanity (Alan Berger & Lars Lerup) POETICS OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (TEACHING INSIDE RUINS (Wang Shu) DESIGNING FOR MULTIPLICITY AND ADAPTIVE URBANISM – Stefano Boeri
HAPTIC ARCHITECTURE: graphical mapping of the haptic experience of space through body movement (Jan Pieper) ARCHITECTURAL AND URBAN BEHAVIOROLOGY: mapping and design from the perspective of user-orientation (Bow-Wow) LANDSCAPE URBANISM (clearance – grid – casco – montage) (Marcel Smets)
THREE URBANISMS (post-, new-, and everyday urbanism) (Douglas Keilbaugh & Jan Gehl)
Taking the student’s personal interest and affinities into account, none of the above listed design strategies are compulsory, dogmatic or conventional. None of them will be enforced as a methodology to be followed or adopted. All of them may well be critically explored and altered. Intensive design-based consults and reviews will enable the student to evolve as well informed, passionate and deeply moved creative scenographers in the field of resilient and sustainable strategies but:
ALWAYS FROM THE VIEWPOINT AND SKILLS OF THE DESIGNER.
Maig42 is a seventeen week DESIGN studio program after all.