the studio is a study in making; an investigation of building processes.
To build is a direct way of acting out architecture. It is to make material perform like it never knew it could. To build is to be a thoroughly active designer with a conscious overview and yet constant flexibility. Engaging in such processes of production and immediacy might be just what the world needs architects to do next.
Through being an active part of building processes of different scales, Studio 1 focus on personal experiences and better knowledge of the production chain. The idea is to encounter constructions real-time rather than through simulated cases. Structural durability, materiality and detailing become unavoidable topics early on rather than last minute add-ons. Relations between resources, site, architecture, craft and mass-production will be exposed, feeding back into a critical approach and ultimately to a more confident conceptual focus. The idea is to be a player before becoming a coach.
This year we will do four projects, two of them more practical and two more reflecting. The first semester investigates how to construct a building, the second how to build within a city. The projects will be hosted by different collaborators, ranging from the carpenter, to the large-scale construction corporation, to the decision-making municipal organ, to present a span from private, through corporate, to political. Evaluating the potentials of different systems will strengthen architects in finding relevant and updated tools to create a more influential synthesis of architecture, industry and community.
Our first project will be to build our own Studio Space at KTH- Campus and at the same time asking the question, How much is a house? Preparations and building starts on September 15 this autumn and we plan to have built our studio somewhere around 20th of October. We will keep you posted on our progress and events on this blogg.