Diploma 16 Shao Zheng, The Urban Bazaar, 2016-17 - volumetric experimentation from high-density polyurethane CNC milling to PVA 3D printing

The Ecological Revolution I: Buildings as Architecture

Jonas Lundberg, Andrew Yau

Today, buildings are world's largest polluting agent, accounting for around 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. And while science, technology and regulatory frameworks develop at lightning speed, the design of buildings evolves slowly - even as the complexity of construction and performative requirements increases at an exponential rate.

If the medium for architecture is the building, then Diploma 16 focuses on design experimentation to explore volumetric, subtractive and projective geometries and stereotomy to provoke new sensibilities beyond surface-based design techniques and outcomes or narrative experiences. The aim is to develop a regenerative and resilient architecture for our time, capable of transforming an existing situation, adaptable to future change and able to incorporate technological inventions and innovation that support resilient lifestyles and environmental technology. The challenge, then, is the design of a complex building with a particular formal, spatial, material and experiential character integrated with a positive ecological footprint in an intense and expanding urban environment of your own choosing.

The unit's work is organised in a reiterative manner, whereby thesis, design and output co-evolve in parallel with topical research and analysis over the year in order to develop an individual architectural design repertoire, culminating in the production of a singular large-scale physical model, a singular large-scale composite drawing and a comprehensive progress document.

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Andrew Yau and Jonas Lundberg are members of Urban Future Organization, an international architectural practice and design research collaborative. Urban Future has won a number of international competitions and exhibited its work globally. Currently they are working on micro to macro-scale urban and architectural projects in Europe and the Far East.


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