Accelerating Architecture: The Art and Science of Autotectonics
The environmental and social imperatives for a self-organizing architecture: Defining new roles for the Citizen, the Architect, Construction, the Computer and the Environment
Recorded as a series of five lectures over one week at the first Invisible University Christmas Lecture Series in December 2005, Westminster, London. Video recordings directed and edited by Alison McCloskey. Lecture series organized by Samantha Hardingham of the Invisible University.
- Day 1: Autotectonics and The Citizen’s Tale
- The view from space, need for acceleration, environmental and social imperatives, computer as an agent for acceleration, the voice of the citizen and user, participation, empowering tools self-build and self-design, intelligent buildings, Groningen experiment and citizen interaction, need for autonomy and flexibility, interaction and tangible thinking, Autotectonics and the evolutionary analogy.
- Day 2: The Architect’s Tale
- The decline of the master-builder, the fall of the architect, two kinds of theory, theory books and pattern books, generic design, the electronic craftsman and digital fabrication, the biological analogy seeds/growth/evolution, design of complex systems, need for education to change.
- Day 3: The Building’s Tale
- Problems and inefficiency with the present commission/design/construction process, inefficiency computerizing the wrong part of the process, environmental performance, off site fabrication, problems with kit of parts mentality mass customization, virtual prototyping, robotic assembly, responsive structures, active design tools.
- Day 4: The Computer’s Tale
- Past failures of CAD and dangers of uncritical approach, active rather than passive computing, globalised and co-operative tools, generative and evolutionary techniques, cellular automat and genetic algorithms, mapping and representation, cybernetics and systems theory, post-digital environment.
- Day 5: The Environment’s Tale and The Integrated Model
- Ecologically responsible design, building performance, the model from nature, autonomy, evolution and development, architectural DNA, architecture as an artificial life form. Conclusions: Alternative approaches, the integrated model, the autotectonic process, new attitudes, new forms of design education.