T5a Technology Report

From the initial outline concept of Crystals, further research in this area has led me to discover and learn more about the atomic structure of crystals in general. Crystals are composed of ‘perfect’ structures known as Lattices. Structural diagrams of the atoms could be likened to architectural structural diagrams.

Atomic diagram of Sodium Chloride. The crystal’s lattice is very structured and symmetrical.

What has been very eye-opening for me is what happens when the atoms do not appear in their ordered position; the structure of the crystal responds and defects/impurities become evident within the matter. Within the physical build-up of the matter there can be either missing or additional atoms; in each case the structure changes. The atoms have a ‘field of influence’ – and when a parameter changes, the matter responds accordingly.

My investigations have led to me to another area of architectural research that I am really excited to investigate further: Parametric Design.

Statement of Academic Intent 2020-21

At the start of each year of study we are asked to set out our academic intent for the year ahead:

During my first year of study, my methodology is to challenge the concepts of ‘time’ and ‘place’ from the perspective of Architecture.

Everybody experiences architecture, be it consciously or sub-consciously, however those experiences can vary greatly with both ‘time’ and ‘place’. I aim to explore and interrogate the role of ‘affordance’ through Architecture.

This methodology originates from a deep personal interest in a range of current architectural issues, including my view of how architecture is ‘consumed’ in today’s society. A prime example of our modern-day consumption of architecture includes the concept of ‘background architecture’. 

Additionally, there exists in cities around the world redundant and abandoned places and architecture; their affordances may have evolved from the positive to the negative. With the concept of time and place at the forefront of my studies, I aim to unpick the role of architecture today. Buildings were once built to survive for a millennium and I am eager to explore whether this notion is relevant in a modern, twenty-first century society.

It is my intention for the methodology above to be the theoretical thread through each of the four components of my first-year studies:

Design

Experiment with the way that Architecture transverse ‘time’ and ‘place’.

Culture

Explore the prevalence and dynamism of Architecture throughout history, linking this understanding to the future. 

Technology

Question the affordance of past, present and future technologies and the impact that they have had/can have on Architecture.

Professional 

Consider the impact that Architectural Management and Practice have had on Design, Culture and Technology through time, and how this can be explored in the future.