2017 UQ Architecture lecture series: Muge Belek & Frederico Fialho

The way we use technology as a tool for design is changing greatly with more possibilities for experimentation than ever before. Architecture becomes a field for experiential based understanding where we react to the design and find new paths for understanding our built environment and innovative ways to realise it. This follows the ideas of Frederick Kiesler in his work titled Correalismwhich understands space being as important to design as the object itself because of how people interact with their environment and make use of it, this is the natural and also technological environment. His interest was in the ways and methods utilized by people to achieve their needs, he found these need are constantly evolving and therefore so will the tools used evolve along with them.

The work of f[Flat], Muge Belek and Frederico Fialho presented at this lecture follows Kiesler’s theory with their study of transvergence architecture or Transarchitecture. This form of architecture theory is transdisciplinary in that it is an experience based understanding, pulling together all strands of disciplines to form the basis of its research, continually evolving to reach an idea, finding new paths and understanding to reach a solution or conclusion. Belek and Fialho work in the method of Parametricism, Algorithms and Interaction researching morphogenesis behavior. Their research uses computational tools studying sound and movement to establish form-making through a reactive and interactive process.

Designing in architecture is no longer just a clear and precisely setout discipline, there are many influences and methods that can be employed to reach an outcome to meet the desired need. Along the way though there are outcomes that weren’t intended however this is part of the evolution of design. The world is constantly changing and so as designers there is an evolution that we are also undergoing through our technological advances and research that allows us to better respond to the changing demands and needs of the built environment. In the field of architecture there is continual adaptation and testing of how we perceive and engage with the space surrounding us.

Every generation brings its own tools and the technological advances in the last few decades have changed the way in which architects addresses the method and output of design production. It also seems how we engage in spaces and our demands for these spaces have changed from previous generations. Kiesler theorises demand as driving the need for the innovation and evolution of design. Computational analyses has radically changed the appearance of buildings, how we perceive its form and its realization through new construction methods. As designers we have the freedom to choose how we want to engage with the design and building process to reach our chosen outcomes but will we be left behind if we do not embrace the technological movements?