Transdisciplinary Session 1.2: Outside/ Inside

The three-day transdisciplinary session is an engaging and provoking experience designed to compliment your existing course of study and boost knowledge and understanding of how environments change societies and participants behavior. The transdisciplinary session also explores how architecture practices need to change to stay creative and competitive in an increasingly complex world.

The idea is to guide participants to a deeper understanding of the current speculations in architecture by creating a collaborative environment for the participants to share experiences, and then be fuelled on by the expertise of guest speakers at biannual symposiums, with the goal to challenge existing ways of thinking and working.
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Each transdisciplinary session is divided into four stages:

Stage 1: Unpacking
Our understanding of the environment is going to change everything. The disruption means that we invite you to look at the world from a different perspective and challenge your perceptions of what you think you know. This stage includes looking at the big picture of our local, global and planetary environment today and tomorrow.

Stage 2: Possibilities
After the unpacking stage we face challenges and possibilities rather than problems. In this new environment, how do we see and make use of the possibilities that lie ahead? This stage includes working with program, digital case studies through the environment as well as looking for new marketing opportunities.

Stage 3: Implementation
How do we make the acquired knowledge relevant to our everyday practice? This stage includes looking at new revenue opportunities for a project, digital strategy and future visions.

Stage 4: Learning outcomes
- Increasing your ability to manage and/or work with complex architectural projects;
- Increasing your insight in present and future trends within design communication;
- Greater understanding of the impact our environment has on society, design and communication;
- Help you challenge your existing ways of thinking and working;
- Prepare you for constant change.
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Transdisciplinary Session 1.2: Outside/ Inside is a research session in Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS) and Ultrasound – exploring the space between GPS satellites that locate our bodies on the earth’s surface and ultrasound that allows us to see beneath our skin. Thorough this maser class we developed projects where touch is our bridge with architecture and the world. All of our senses are extensions of touch, since our ears, nose, mouth and eyes are all specializations of the skin, the most sensitive of our organs. This three-day session encouraged participants to consider the design space that is found between the GPS satellites that orbit the Earth at a height of 12,600 miles, and the 20cm sensing depth of ultrasound scanners that can reveal the organs beneath our skin. The first day involved, a day trip into the wide-open spaces of Dartmoor National Park to explore the idiosyncrasies of recording movement, form and location through the correlation of data gathered from the satellites and space vehicles that are circling the Earth. In contrast the second day involves a short session at the Peninsula Radiology Academy, where participants had the opportunity to use ultrasound technology to scan the insides of a live human body. The sense of touch obviously plays a unique and important role in human interaction. Phones improve our hearing but do little for our vision. Email is used for conversation, but of a kind that lacks the tone and expressiveness of the voice. Thus it makes sense to ask how a technology extends or amplifies the senses, and in what mode and with what kind of results. Materiality and amplification: design, functions, features, and the interface to the human face. Even visual perceptions are fused and integrated into the haptic continuum of the self; my body remembers who I am and where I am located in the world.

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