Enveloped by, and located within an ever evolving ‘ephemeral ‘context, the architectural object faces constant stress due to the tangible and intangible shifts; geographical, topographical, climatic, technological, economic, socio-cultural, demographic and political. Within this ‘hyper flux’ field, experienced more so in the contemporary urban agglomerations, Adaptive Habitats / 0.4 furthered the disciplinary quest initiated and evaluated in the preceding studios that concerned with architecture that ‘adapts’ to environment, to inhabitants, to objects within them; through human intervention or automated induction.
AD05 (HEAT - I) , the first of the two design studios in third year, induced the shift from the conceptual and the abstract to the physicality of the architectural construct. The studio focused on understanding locational and programmatic parameters while didactically accommodating the ‘ecological’ argument to generate lateral stratifications and design responses.
Moving into the ‘exosystem’ territory, AD06 (HEAT - II) posits the ‘ecological / environmental ‘design value in the V/S-Matrix as the primary value and explores cross-matrix system intersections. AD6 deliberately shifts focus on Articulation and Tectonics, and delve into interrogation and derivation of alternate models of programmatic stratification (vertical), generate ‘novel’ formal aesthetics, and elaborate and test tectonic strategies, with an aim to produce ‘ecological assemblies’ that could coalesce with, and adapt to, the temporal contextuality. The discourse includes thoughts on form and materiality, domesticity and collectivity, instruments and techniques, formats and representation, and other contemporary sensibilities: while never losing the sight ecological responsibilities of an architectural construct.
Rather than starting from scratch, students develop their ideas in dialogue with Unit Masters by first closely modeling a building of their choice. They make copies and deviations at another scale, on a new site, and with a ‘hybrid’ program, to gradually arrive at an independent position and composition. Students address technical aspects concerning the assembly of buildings, design of architectural details that express visual as well as functional aspects of assemblies and juxtaposition of materials in a building. Alongside, an exposure to building codes, structural systems and the basic building services.
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