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[PhD Thesis] Staging Places as Performances: Creative Strategies for Architecture


For those who might find it interesting, this thesis is now online in open access here:

http://www.academia.edu/3583432/Staging_Places_as_Performances_Creative_Strategies_for_Architecture

SUMMARY
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This thesis is about creative strategies for staging places as performances. To remain viable in the rapidly changing technological and social context, architecture needs to extend its engagement with research, reappraise its fundamental goals and develop creative strategies adequate to new challenges.

However, utilisation of research in design disciplines is still immature and the methodologies of this utilisation remain a matter of controversy and active debate. In particular, the potential of cross-pollination between designing and research requires further clarification. This thesis addresses this need by developing a methodological approach that combines participant observation and investigative designing. Utilising these methodologies, this thesis considers several case-studies, including interactive installations and virtual environments.

Engagement with case-studies through participant observation and investigative designing in this thesis motivates a discussion that reinstates place as the focus of architectural practice. Existing discourse and practice in architecture often assume retrograde, romantic, essentialist and exclusionary understandings of places, for example as singular, bounded and static. By contrast, this thesis highlights an open and flexible vision of places as performances. Considering the possible roles of architectural designing in place-making, it suggests that architects cannot produce ready places but can engender placemaking performances and influence their growth with provocative, open and collaborative creative-design strategies.

Having established the case for distributed, polyphonic, campaigning creativity in place-making, this thesis considers whether design computing can support its performative needs. Commonly, researchers and practitioners in architecture express concerns that design computing can hinder human creativity. By contrast, this thesis demonstrates that design computing can support distributed creativity by staging multiplicious, open, flexible, idea- and insight-generating participatory exchanges. In the process, this thesis considers interactive cinematography and procedural designing as place-making actions. This re-conceptualization demonstrates that design computing can usefully support creative place-making and sometimes be indispensable for its success.

This thesis contributes to knowing by 1) utilising and presenting an unorthodox methodological approach to architectural research; 2) presenting an approach to understanding and making of places novel to the field of architecture; and 3) re-conceptualizing innovative design-computing as an important creative resource for placemaking.

DISCUSSION

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Performative Architecture project


Here is a book about one take on the idea of performative architecture. The idea was to think about architectural materiality as dynamic and responsive, in this case because it combines a surface of an inflatable structure with an interactive agent system.

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http://issuu.com/ertf345345/docs/pas_2011_journal

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HEADSPACE 1 - showcase video


Perhaps this is of interest. Some physical manifestations of a digital workflow:

http://www.vimeo.com/13719923

OPPORTUNITY

CFP: CAADRIA 2011 - Circuit Bending, Breaking and Mending


Deadline:
Wed Sep 01, 2010 00:00

Location:
Australia

CAADRIA 2011 Call for Papers

Circuit Bending, Breaking and Mending

The 16th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
Dates: April 27-29, 2011
Host: School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia
Conference Web Site: http://www.caadria2011.org

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Please look up the full CFP online. Submissions that explore the central themes from the positions characteristic to this forum are certainly welcome. The conference will also run an exhibition that can display relevant artworks.