Setting and Tweaking: the architect as improvisatory choreographer of ecologies

Guibert, E. 2018. Setting and Tweaking: the architect as improvisatory choreographer of ecologies. CA2RE Conference. Ghent 07 - 09 Apr 2017 KU Leuven.

TitleSetting and Tweaking: the architect as improvisatory choreographer of ecologies
AuthorsGuibert, E.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

This research investigates the relationship between architecture and natures; a nature is defined as an ecology that emerges according to its nature. It has developed ways of designing architectures with these unpredictable processes. By supporting their agency, places develop their resilience and diversity. Processes of growth as well as decay are expressed. It has been investigated through reflecting on three series of work in my practice that combine buildings and landscapes.
The tools used are open patterns that fall into two categories: spatial instruments and rituals. They are developed in dialogue with the ecosystems within which I am working, especially with the users. These patterns set situations and tweak the dynamic processes over time. They choreograph the elements of architecture - the void, the climate, the resources and the living.
In this practice, architecture is the improvisatory choreography of the elements’ rhythms; the role of the designer is dual: to design a setting and rituals that will guide its polyphonic performance and simultaneously develop a language of patterns for use elsewhere.
Instruments and ritual patterns grow together to support the existing ecological processes dialogically. The designer does not control, (s)he guides ecologies as an improvisatory choreographer.

Keywordsarchitecture; landscape; pattern language; nature; ecology.
Year2018
ConferenceCA2RE Conference
PublisherKU Leuven
Publication dates
Published2018
Book titleProceedings of the CA²RE conference at the KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Ghent
ISBN9789082510881
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://arch.kuleuven.be/onderzoek/conferences/ca2re

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