Symbiosis within Uncertainty

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Masterarbeit Max Rudolph

CHORA - Concious City

IfA - Institut für Architektur

Technische Universität Berlin


Abstract

The project focuses on the accelerated change our society is passing through. It is drawing a scenario for a high-rise building in Berlin which is growing or shrinking according to the city’s housing demand. The architecture itself is a flexible result of digital negotiation processes, regulations and structural constrains.


Brief

The symbiosis within uncertainty – the title of this project is referring and responding to the change which is taking place through all our lives. It increasingly transforms the way we are living together as society. Technical innovations change the way we communicate, distribute our knowledge and use our world. It leads to a completely networked planet; a symbiosis of different cultures and life-plans within narrowing cities. But how is our built environment reacting to the great acceleration? What role will the architect play in future developments? Is it possible to bridge the growing gap between expert and non-expert and how can we reduce complexity and abstraction within the design and planning process?


Project Description

The symbiosis within uncertainty – the title of this project is referring and responding to the change which is taking place through all our lives. It increasingly transforms the way we are living together as society. Technical innovations change the way we communicate, distribute our knowledge and use our world. It leads to a completely networked planet; a symbiosis of different cultures and life-plans within narrowing cities. But how is our built environment reacting to the great acceleration? What role will the architect play in future developments? Is it possible to bridge the growing gap between expert and non-expert and how can we reduce complexity and abstraction within the design and planning process?


This story is about how the benefits of information technology can be used to depict the complexity of a diverse occupancy in a contemporary design and negotiation process. An interface on an iPad that is connected to a computer allows any future resident to articulate individual ideas about the own apartment. The input is displayed real-time in 3D. The advantages and disadvantages of spatial qualities, such as light conditions, construction, costs, as well as the relationship to their neighbours is directly represented. It can be double–checked from different perspectives within the digital model. A database, which is provided with floor plans by well-known architects, proposes a matching example in case of geometrical similarity to the configured volume. The non-expert becomes an expert.




When it comes to building, timber offers huge potentials using a high level of automation. The workflow provides a straight data flow from the 3D-Model translated into construction drawings for the milling machine, preassembled and then brought on site. Thus, the building can grow or shrink according to the people’s demand. This means, we could upgrade our buildings according to our specific needs during life. The city would more become a real representation of our time and the people in living it.



As an architect, I am convinced of the social importance of this profession. That’s why we should rethink our role to support the legitimacy of the architect. With the help of nowadays technologies we could open the field of large scale housing for participatory processes. 200 motivated people used this computer program for designing a suitable apartment for them. The outcome is this collaged tower, which became the readable consequence of the process.



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