Hot + Hairy

Kim Bridgland's hairy house. week one exercise. This semester's studio has begun:

Hot and Hairy: biotopology and new architectural life.

Pia Ednie-Brown, with Simon Sellars and Jessica In.

“Your actions cling to you and respond to you as if they were growing out of you like fingernails. Your house becomes your pet or you become the pet of your house, or a mixture of the two.” Arakawa and Gins, Architectural Body (32)

Can we radically alter our bodies, thoughts and actions through architectural configurations? What kind of currently unimaginable relationships could we foster with our architectural surroundings?

Drawing on the techniques of Arakawa and Gins, who provocatively suggest that architecture is a tool with which to learn how to not die, we will be designing a series of research community developments, or micronations, that are designed to evolve bodies through architectural experimentation.

Based on a scenario set in about 40 years from now (2050), and with reference to relevant historical work from about 40 years ago (1970) we will test, expand upon and develop the suggestions of Arakawa and Gins, while drawing upon contemporary work wedged in the cleavage of these 40 year leaps, such as Patricia Piccinini, Stelarc, SymbioticA, R&Sie, biothing, Greg Lynn, Sabine+Jones, and others.

All students will be provided with digital ‘material’ to work with, in exploring techniques. A second class in the lab, with Jessica In, will be conducted every Tuesday night to facilitate this. Familiarity with Rhino is advisable for this studio project.

This studio will be in dialogue with a seminar with the same class time, run by Simon Sellars, 'the body is the city', where students will be elaborating upon and feeding into the community scenario we design, through other media such as film, images, and text.

Plastic Futures enters phase two

Plastic Futures seminar entered phase earlier this week, which means we are moving more heavily into the designing of future scenarios. This is involving imagining ourselves in 2049, when we are much more elderly and working through design ideas about that period to explore and unfold potential futures, based on knowledge we can garner both in the present, and of the present. The aim is to stimulate some deep generative critique on what's potentially looming, and to discuss and debate these critiques. The outcomes of this seminar will be exhibited and debated at the Design Laboratory 2009: 2040 Systems