The invited jury will review the final phase of the initial year of a design research agenda called Behavioural Complexity. Behaviour Complexity builds on the scenario and material based research outcomes of Proto-Design. The work will investigate architecture as instrument engaging both material and social forms of interaction. Social scenarios will be coupled with material life cycles engaging speculative questions on how we live and the role architecture can play.
The possibilities of Behavioural Complexity are explored in four parallel research studios, run by Theodore Spyropoulos, Patrik Schumacher, Robert Stuart-Smith and Shajay Bhooshan. Theodore Spyropoulos’ studio, Behavioural Agency, explores behaviour as a model for architecture that embraces an intimate engagement between social and material interaction. Semiological Crowds, led by Patrik Schumacher, focuses on the design of parametric prototypes that intelligently vary general topological schemata across a wide range of parametrically specifiable site conditions, such as a campus. Robert Stuart-Smith’s studio, Behavioural Production, explores ideas of autonomy and organisation through the architectural production of matter, energy and information via its event-driven agency in relation to people, machines and the internet. Shajay Bhooshan’s studio, Synthetic Equilibria, seeks to explore two dominant avenues of research and knowledge: empirical learning via prototyping of spaces and objects at a human- scale, and scientific learning through established methods and technology from the computer graphics industry.
This year we are very pleased to have an invited jury with guests that include Jeff Kipnis, Falvio Manzoni, Mark Foster Gage, Michael Hansmeyer, Mark Cousins and Brett Steele and others.