Mapping Emergence 2012: The Outcomes

Unit 5 Outcome summary

Nomad Strata: A design tool, a method and an intervention strategy for contemporary architecture, urban & interaction design

Hybrid spaces, new devices and technologies make visible the invisible, and generate new public spaces for our 21th Century needs.

Our experience of Trafalgar Square – the heart of London, the historically and spatially central and important public space of the city – is ‘mapped’ through the use of mobile applications such as Instagram, Twitter and mobile devices such as ipads, iphones and cameras.

Through these means, we investigate how the Square is experienced. Each day, with the use of smart phones and their applications we create an invisible layer of information. At the same time, we are creating diverse kinds of fluid and evolving ‘connections’ between digital and physical places; an implicit hybrid space.

By analysing the ‘vertical connections’ between those kinds of layers, we design the ‘lived’ spaces of the Square as well as its ‘gaps’. In this case, ‘gap’ refers to the area where interaction is either limited or missing. This is a ‘negative’ space found within the physical and digital ‘flows’.

As architects, we reveal and engage with the emerging hybrid spaces. We propose ways of visualise them in a topography of spatially augmented 3D holograms and smart architecture interventions based on the digital data produced by the city itself. It could be seen as a surface that ‘activates’ the gaps and ‘transmits’ information to the urban elements that react to the changing requirements of users.

Valentina Chiesa, Riccardo Conti, Zlatina Kalaydzhieva, Hediyeh Miri

Unit 5 Participants

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Mapping Emergence: Past, Present, Future

An evaluation

Mapping Emergence has been an ambitious project, as it involved complicated concepts and challenges expanding into an interdisciplinary research field.

The outcomes have been highly successful & innovating in many ways, proposing key developments in response to important opportunities and challenges that characterise contemporary architecture, urbanism and interaction design.

The main focus of the project has been the relationship between flows and spaces as necessitating new spatial research strategies for advancing contemporary architecture and spatial praxis across a number of disciplines (Spatially Augmented Reality, smart architecture, cyber-theory, software engineering, site-specific art, performance, etc.).

Nomad Strata proposes hybrid spaces that alter the uses of the Trafalgar Square as well as its city and world-wide relationships. They combine weather-responsive canopies, pressure-sensitive tiles for generating energy – making a self-sustainable system – and creating social spaces through the fractal-like physical adjustments of the Square’s ‘floor grid’ depending on the size and activities of the public. Visual and textual information generated by visitors at the spot is projected from the Nelson’s column to the Square ‘floor’ and playfully combined. A ‘city dashboard’ with information on the traffic, weather, pollution etc., is shown when the system is ‘idle’. Reversals between the interiors of the National Gallery and the Square with 3D projections facilitate a visual interplay of histories, uses, experiences and associations. Such interventions would also create hubs of common knowledge resources for fostering creative cultural exchange and activities. The Square can be thus experienced as a performative surface.

As a research outcome, Nomad Strata is highly successful as it constitutes a pioneering design tool, a method and an intervention strategy for contemporary architecture, urban & interaction design. The processes can be replicated and adapted to other locations worldwide. Nomad Strata intervenes into the city fabric not simply for making the invisible visible but to do so through new types of architecture and performative urban design, challenging past uses and the status of iconic localities and the passive role of the public, while opening up new opportunities for change.

Mapping Emergence has enabled participants to evaluate how their vision of and engagement with the city have changed, to position and evaluate their work both in terms of process and outcome, and most importantly, to carry forward the challenges and possibilities that stemmed from their participation in the workshop. As acknowledged by the participants, the project enabled them to gain a different understanding of datascape, space, place, interaction design, urbanism and architecture, inspiring challenging and innovative contributions towards advancing architectural research and practice and setting the foundations for undertaking Doctoral research in this field.

As stemming from the assessment of the outcomes during the participants’ Workshop Presentation, as well as from participants and attendees’ interest and enthusiastic feedback at the Urban Transcripts 2012 Conference (UCL) the project outcomes have been of high quality and of promising potential for future expansion.

Dr Eugenia Fratzeskou

Unit 5 Guest Tutor

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Unit 5 workshop outcomes were presented at the Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Conference, 8 December at UCL Anatomy Building, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London WC1 6BT.- click here for Unit 5 Presentation 

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The Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Conference, 8 December at UCL Anatomy Building, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London (image by Urban Transcripts).

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Unit 5 participants presenting their work at the Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Conference, 8 December at UCL Anatomy Building, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London (image by Dr Eugenia Fratzeskou).

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The work was also exhibited at the Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Exhibition, ICN Space, 96 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH— click here for the A1 Poster of Unit 5.

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Two of Unit 5 participants Zlatina Kalaydzhieva & Hediyeh Miri in front of the unit work, at the Opening of the Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Exhibition, ICN Space, London, 8 December 2012.

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The Opening of the Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Exhibition, ICN Space, London, 8-14 December 2012 (image by Urban Transcripts)

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The Opening of the Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Exhibition, ICN Space, London (image by Urban Transcripts)

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The Opening of the Urban Transcripts 2012: London, the (n)ever-changing city Exhibition, ICN Space, London (image by Urban Transcripts)

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