Construction of Incident
The brief of this studio is to design a cultural centre for Aarhus. The central question that we will address is the relation between intended and incidental spaces within formal and informal architecture. We will try to frame these themes in the larger discourse of architecture and look for authentically new approaches.
In premodern times the notion of alterations & ruinations in architecture were integral parts of the life of a building. The pieces of buildings that would wear or modify had a romantic incidental quality to them. A place of incident created by an unconscious event, absent of design, that came to be merely through chance and the passing of time. Different layers of time meet. What once was a made place becomes a found place.
These found places are particularly present in medieval structures. This was a time that the notion of a complete building, as introduced by Alberti, was not present yet. Structures would just be build addition upon addition from builder to builder while at the same time having pieces removed through weathering, use or war. A build structure would consist of intended segments, rational designs, pieced and layered together with the incidental places in between that occurred over time. This mix of the formal and the informal allowed for places of order and grandeur and places of incident and intimacy.
This constellation of the formal and the informal is much like the workings of a classical garden, where the formal villa is followed by a cultivated garden which in turn is followed by the natural landscape. Together, these describe the sequence from the rational to the natural while always allowing for the two entities to reflect upon each other. Can we not read a house or a city as such, with places of formal intent and places of informal incident? Bringing with them, like the classical garden, conditions of rational structure and of romantic entropy; finding a city that speaks as well to the mind as to the heart.
Disorder and incident can only exist within an ordered context. This studio is as much a research into the incidental disorder as well as the intended orders from which they are derived. To understand these systems of order we will look at the two most expansive systems to date. The Classical and the Gothic. We will try to lay bare the rules that make them up and the cultural values that they hold. Their rich vocabulary can communicate spaces of lightness, of weight, of formality and of intimacy. We will look for ways to distill these principals and apply them on idioms of glass and concrete.
||12 + 3 ECTS Seminar