Diploma 16 Sarah Shu En Goh, City on Edge: Kenaf Biopolymer Carpet

Regenerative Revolution III: Resilient Tectonics

Jonas Lundberg, Andrew Yau, Duncan Berntsen, Kengo Skorick

"Necessity is the mother of invention." - English proverb

Diploma 16 continues its quest beyond sustainability towards a regenerative architecture that gives back more to the environment than it costs to build. The research centres on the development of resilient tectonics that evolves with our inhabitable environment and with nature through technological innovation and design intelligence. It reframes both practice and the construction industry to propose a new ontology of architecture and city with new environ-cultural possibilities extending beyond the current model of excessive consumption.

Over the past two years the unit has examined various regenerative opportunities, from development strategies to material production via technological advances. This year we shift our efforts towards the design of buildings, tectonic experimentation and speculation in search of an architectural morphology that co-evolves with the Third Ecological Revolution.

Design experimentation takes place in three phases: first, through a series of physical constructs of resilient tectonics based on critical projects; secondly through specific modification and reappropriation according to ecological factors; and finally, through theoretical constructs of regenerative living set in the near future. The anticipated project output is centred on a form-driven architecture and resilient tectonics that is speculative, projective, creative and yet rigorous. Our aim is to achieve both quality and performance in order to make our buildings learn from experience and evolve their reciprocal relationship with nature. By creating an intelligent ecological architecture we reinforce the future relationship between nature, the city, architecture and human beings.

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Urban Future Organization (UFO), of which Andrew Yau, Jonas Lundberg, Kengo Skorick, are long-time members, is interested in bringing nature into our cities and cities out of our nature by defining a form-driven resilient architecture that is also regenerative. As a global collective, UFO works in practice, research and pedagogical projects across a range of scales allowing these different areas to cross-fertilise.


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