Socio-Environmental Relations of Non-Discrete Spaces and Architectures

Format: Papers, RSD5, Topic: Architecture & Planning

Marie Davidova

The paper puts into the context of practical applications my case study research of responsive wood located in Czechia, being inspired by Norwegian and oriental traditional architecture. Approaching the field from a socio‐environmental perspective, the article relates human, social and biotic behaviour with climatic and geographical data, addressing interactions in the performance of architectures and its additional issues in urban design. The opportunistic activities, use or habitation of spaces and objects, meets its performance through environment – material and/or design interactions. The paper claims that, at least in observed climatic locations, semi‐interior, or so called non‐discrete architecture addressed by Hensel and others, are the grounds for and generators of individualistic and social activities in public and public‐private spaces, securing environmental comfort. In this time of increased weather extremes coming with climatic change in certain locations, noise, light pollution, etc., the topic is gaining greater relevance. Inspired by Library of Systemic Relations for GIGA‐mapping introduced by Sevaldson (Sevaldson, 2016c), the relationing of such in GIGA‐maps required its own coding or update and/or combination of the existing proposed library. The maps are expressing different ranges and intensities of behaviour or performance in relation to placement or designs that are represented by informational layers of images. Relating gradients within (Allen, 2011; Banham, 2009; Michael Hensel & Menges, 2009; Hight, 2009) and among the fields, thus generating a matrix of interlinked information where zooming, sequencing or feedback looping appears. This way somewhat develops the core ideas of Allen from 1997 on matrixes and fields (Allen, 2009). The three thematic GIGA‐ maps are in fact developed ZIP‐analyses (Sevaldson, 2016d) of each other, zooming a problem of the theme’s topic. The semi‐interior or non‐discrete spaces as a climatic, sound, etc. and biotic – including social gradient‐are complex interlinkings of outside and inside environments and have implications for activities and forms of life. Therefore, a systemic approach is needed to fully understand it.

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Author(s): OCTOBER 2016
Title: Socio-Environmental Relations of Non-Discrete Spaces and Architectures
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
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First published: 20 September 2016
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