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Practice : Spring 2012
Matthias Holliwich Re: Design (from crowd sourcing to a revolution in architecture) Current efforts to improve our urban environments focus on creating “smart cities” through new technologies, but they are falling short— our environments ne ed to become sma rt, socia lly, with people. We need to focus our efforts on creating “socializing cities” through a n intelligent programming of spac es, by ta king advantage of the vast multitude of lifestyles, a ge groups, a nd experience s that exist in urban environments, by empowering every person to live life to the fulle st for thems elves, a nd con sequently for the whole. Matthia s Hollwich explored a ne w way for society to deal with urbanism, by outlining how we refocus our efforts towards people, and how architecture and urbanism can be re- engineered to support new living typologies, ser vice proximities, social relevance and space. HWKN: hwkn.com Stefan Boublil The Considered Life “A con sidered Life, a s opposed to a merely rea sonable one , does not take anyone el se’s opinion into account and relies solely on you. Which is why, even in my own practice, I was never all that interested in architecture as a collection of lines and objects, my reaction to the nonsensic al argument that “ he with the most toys wins” but instead was captivated by the stories they can tell, alone or together, by how they can enrich the human experienc e. Design-at-large, I will submit, is not about technique, style, decoration or even innovation but e xistenc e at large, a bout finding yourself within a context that inspires you to do things that only you ca n think of, to live an interesting life which may, in turn, lead to intere sting a rchitecture.” — Stefa n Boublil The Apartment: theapt.com Eric Höweler Means + Method Mea ns and Methods is the construction industry term for the way something is built or fabricated. It is also designates a territory outside the realm of architecture. It is e xplicitly extra-a rchitectural, a kind of forbidden territory. Much of de sign relies on understanding how things come together, tolerance s, properties , where materials c ome from, a nd where the material s may end up in the f uture. The se broadened understand- ings of architecture are not just important to the design process, they are essential in c reating a more e xpansive definition of what it is that architects do. The lecture presented a number of e xtra-territorial projects by Höweler + Yoon A rchitecture and the processes and products of their e xpanded practice. Höweler Yoon: hyarchitecture.com Uinqlo Cubes YMCA renovation Sky Courts, Chengdu China PRACTICE 13 NEWSWORTHY ] 2011 STUDENT LECTURE SERIES