"We do believe that contemporary urban challenges related with structural urban deficits, migratory fluxes, the technological shift, precarious inhabitation and spatial exclusion are demanding a change of paradigm on architectural design practices, that could break the separation of our discipline and connect us back with societal problems and realities. We see this moment as a fantastical opportunity for reinvention and we would like to expand the already astonishing legacy of the Studio 1 and to contribute to shape the future of the IoA through intellectual and practical experiments on spatial practices in the search of socially and culturally engaged fields of work for architecture”
Studio Greg Lynn is focused on high performance architecture calibrated to the social and technological situation of contemporary culture. The studio topics include rethinking work, entertainment, leisure and living through research and innovation in intelligent buildings, dynamic environments and machine vision. In order to innovate we begin with benchmarks in architectural precedent. The studio is always in dialogue with historical architectural precedents as a way of defining a rigorous architectural discipline. Taking advantage of the unique creative and intellectual resources of the Angewandte Wien, the studio is open to and in continuous exchange with other disciplines like industrial design, fashion, music and film.
The studio has been engaged with state of the art computer and CNC technologies for both in design and model fabrication. In the last few years the studio is among the first to integrate drone vision, augmented and virtual reality visualization and photographic geometry capture in the process of conceptual design. Rather than approaching technology as tool, the studio promotes the integration of technology as a creative medium for expression as well as critical reflection.
Hani Rashid's studio will focus on students working to develop conceptual, practical and critical skills and means for the making of new, compelling and forward thinking architecture. The studio focus will move between architecture as object to environment and phenomena. Operative terms in this studio include architecture as atmospheric experience, architecture as fetishized artifacts, architecture and new forms of dwelling and being, and architecture as an aesthetic, philosophical and metaphysical experience.
Students will consider spatiality in terms both being geometric and formal as well and experiential and experimental. Model making both within the realm of the digital (proficiency and interest in computing is very important) and as physical making. The studio will place a great deal of emphasis on 'proof of concept' approach where presenting physical models of varying scales, animation and computer generated images, diagrams and data to support arguments and design concepts.