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On-site Participation for Proto-architectural Assemblies Encompassing Technology and Human Improvisation: “Fish Trap” and “Orchid” Architectural Interventions

Buš, Peter, Wu, Shi-Yen, Tartar, Ayça (2019) On-site Participation for Proto-architectural Assemblies Encompassing Technology and Human Improvisation: “Fish Trap” and “Orchid” Architectural Interventions. Complexity, . ISSN 1076-2787. E-ISSN 1099-0526. (In press)

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Abstract

This research investigates the notion of builders’ on-site engagement to physically build architectural interventions based on their demands, spatial requirements and collaborative improvisation, enhanced with the principles of uniqueness and bespoke solutions previously explored in computational models. The paper compares and discusses two physical installations as proto-architectural assemblies testing two different design and building approaches: the top-down predefined designers’ scenario contrary to bottom-up unpredictable improvisation. It encompasses a building strategy based on the discrete pre-cut components assembled by builders themselves in situ. The paper evaluates both strategies in a qualitative observation and comparison defining advantages and limitations of top-down design strategy in comparison with decentralised bottom-up building system built by the builders themselves. As such, it outlines the position of a designer within the bottom-up building processes on-site. The paper argues that improvisation and builders’ direct engagement on-site leads to solutions that better reflect human needs and lower-tech building principles incorporated can deliver unpredictable, but convenient spatial scenarios.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Improvisation on-site; Collaborative design strategies; Discrete assemblies; Low-tech building principles; Pre-cut building components; Kit-of-parts assemblies, Informal Assemblies; Participatory Constructions
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > Architecture
Depositing User: Peter Bus
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 21:38 UTC
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 13:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79579 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Buš, Peter: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1730-4559
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