3C / 01 :: TEMPORAL ARCHITECTURE 2.0
Unit Master : Puneet Khanna & Madhur Prakash
Temporal architecture, by definition, has its purpose defined for a period of time. By extension, its spatiality and performance requirements are also specified. Taking this further, the unit would attempt to design the architecture of the structure transforming from one state of temporality to the next. With the markets becoming extremely volatile, rise of real estate and service aggregators, prime land or built space becoming very expensive, mobility becoming convenient and fast - can architecture of buildings in an urban setup remain as static and inert as it is today? In the 60’s and the 70’s works of Cedric Price and Archigram questioned the sterile nature of architecture and explored the possibility of time based architecture that was mobile, flexible and responsive to an array of programmes that might occur either by design or demands of the market.
The unit would revisit the idea of ‘Temporal Architecture’ in today’s ecological, economic and urban context and juxtapose this with the technology currently available in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, sensor and internet based control mechanisms. Historically, architecture has always responded to the technological developments in material or construction techniques. This can be seen in the development of concrete construction around 1880-1920’s and advancements in steel construction in mid 20th century. Architecture also responds to the new programme demands as it did in mid 20th century post war architecture, both in housing and institutional buildings. We strongly believe that our contemporary architecture hasn’t yet responded to the current material and technological innovation nor has it yet found a solution to the programmatic flexibility that the immediate future urban markets and resultantly changing lifestyles would demand. One of the approaches to a possible solution that the unit would pursue is to look at buildings as a product and architectural design as product design. The unit would attempt to define the performance standards of the enclosed space programmatically, its internal environment, spatial flexibility, accessibility and to achieve these standards design the kit of parts of the building to a specification which enables it to achieve these performance standards. Can a temporal and by extension an adaptable yet performance oriented building respond to the demanding and ever evolving needs of our urban centres and to the concerns of its environmental impact?, the unit shall attempt to find an answer.
The Unit would explore this agenda with sites spread across Golf Course Road (GCR) in Gurgaon, probably the most urban stretch in Gurgaon with the twin presence of an express way and a metro line. Sites have been divided into three different locational types - one, is parallel to GCR, second is spread on either side of GCR with the mandate to connect it across and the third is on top of the metro station. The Unit shall explore this agenda in groups of 2 members and shall endeavour to produce a building solution with its architectonics and with its extents and purpose of adaptability clearly defined.