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Socio-environmental relations of non-discrete spaces and architectures: Systemic approach to performative wood

Davidova, Marie 2016. Socio-environmental relations of non-discrete spaces and architectures: Systemic approach to performative wood. Presented at: Relating Systems Thinking and Design 5 (RSD5), Toronto, ON, Canada, 13-15 October 2016. Published in: Jones, Peter ed. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium. Toronto: Systemic Design Research Network, pp. 1-18.

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The paper puts into the context of practical applications my case study research of responsive wood located in Czechia, being inspired by Norwegian and oriental traditional architecture. Approaching the field from a socio-environmental perspective, the article relates human, social and biotic behaviour with climatic and geographical data, addressing interactions in the performance of architectures and its additional issues in urban design. The opportunistic activities, use or habitation of spaces and objects, meets its performance through environment – material and/or design interactions. The paper claims that, at least in observed climatic locations, semi-interior, or so called non-discrete architecture addressed by Hensel and others, are the grounds for and generators of individualistic and social activities in public and public-private spaces, securing environmental comfort. In this time of increased weather extremes coming with climatic change in certain locations, noise, light pollution, etc., the topic is gaining greater relevance. Inspired by Library of Systemic Relations for GIGA-mapping introduced by Sevaldson (Sevaldson 2016a), the relationing of such in GIGA-maps required its own coding or update and/or combination of the existing proposed library. The maps are expressing different ranges and intensities of behaviour or performance in relation to placement or designs that are represented by informational layers of images. Relating gradients within (Allen 2011; Banham 2009; Hensel and Menges 2009; Hight 2009) and among the fields, thus generating a matrix of interlinked information where zooming, sequencing or feedback looping appears. This way somewhat develops the core ideas of Allen from 1997 on matrixes and fields (Allen 2009). The three thematic GIGA-maps are in fact developed ZIP-analyses (Sevaldson 2016b) of each other, zooming a problem of the theme’s topic. The semi-interior or non-discrete spaces as a climatic, sound, etc. and biotic – including social gradient-are complex interlinkings of outside and inside environments and have implications for activities and forms of life. Therefore, a systemic approach is needed to fully understand it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Systemic Design Research Network
ISSN: 2371-8404
Funders: EEA and Norway Grants, CTU in Prague rectorate
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 November 2018
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 10:05

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