Transdisciplinary Session 1.4: Sliding Scales

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 1.4: Sliding Scales introduces the use of scanning electron microscope (SEM) and rapid prototyping through our environment. The master class explores, polemicise and develops architectural ideas and speculations that we can understand digital technology as an ecology in all its aspects. These include the impact of virtual technologies, new techniques in communication and sustainability. In exploring these environments we navigate through a territory that is disturbed, moist, blurred and vacillating. We are forced to focus on the relationships between, where process replaces product in importance, just as systems supersede structure. The tools that form these environments are harbingers for a meaningful ecological (both machinic and natural) audit of specific sites and processes. They demand the development of new strategies and protocols for their participants and require that the sites, agents, provocateurs, disparate observers and drifters that consume and influence their output, critically engage with them. The direction of the session is to explore, polemicise and develop architectural ideas and solutions that engage with this digital ecology.

The fact that when architecture can fully exchange information with natural phenomena, architecture’s capabilities for knowledge and communication would be far deeper and more extended that presently understood. It also would blur the boundary lines of our individuality – our very sense of separateness with the built environment.

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