GIGA-mapping the Architectural Performance: Appreciation of New Coming Cultures


Authors: Marie Davidová and Mehmet Ali Gasseloğlu

In the time of ongoing and expected increase of climate extremes, we need to generate sustainable ecologies friendly and habitable environments that gain from previously developed architectures with tradition of weather extremes. These are usually, and not surprisingly the countries, where most of the refugees are coming from. The research claims that new coming cultures can play crucial role in western climate change adaptation and biodiversity support and thus gain their new identity in new homes in the same time. The three workshops, that took a place at 1) the University of Eskişehir, Turkey (see Figure 1), 2) University of Arizona, Tucson, USA (see Figure 2) and 3) the Ecole Superieur des Sciences et Technologie du Design in Tunis, Tunisia (see Figure 3), applied similar methodology: a) the students were first asked to express their own interests; b) having this in mind, the students had to sketch fully abstract concept of the system that is to be mapped; c) the students were asked to place their items on the board first individually on individual topics of their interests; d) the team work started among finding the relations across the topics and fields e) /1 and 2 cases only (three days workshop): computers, internet, role of paper, markers, colour A4 printer, scissors, coloured threads, board and pins were available; /3 case (2,5 hour workshop): coloured markers and paper sheets were available. Please, follow the text on the poster for more information.

The research was co-funded through Traditional Architecture and Its Performance Grant from the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic assigned at the Technical University of Liberec, Faculty of Art and Architecture, University of Eskişehir, Turkey, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA and the Ecole Superieur des Sciences et Technologie du Design in Tunis, Tunisia.

Posted Oct-2017


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