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Behavioural Machines

Theodore Spyropoulos Studio 
Assistants: Shajay Bhooshan, Mostafa El-Sayed, Manuel Jiménez García

‘Technology Is the Answer, But What Was the Question?’ – Cedric Price
‘There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.’R. Buckminster Fuller

The studio will continue to explore Proto-Design as a behaviour-based agenda that engages experimental forms of material and computational practice. Examining cybernetic and systemic thinking through responsive forms of prototyping and experimentation the studio will develop synthetic design systems that actively seek to engage and participate in their environment. Projects will explore life-like tendencies that emerge as a product of these interactions. Material and computational synthesis will be sought continuing the studio’s interest in forms of digital materialism. Environmental parameters will stimulate and construct symbiotic partnerships between our synthetic systems and the playpen environments that they will engage an enable.

Scenario: Issues of context, site and infrastructure will be challenged, as our systems will be exploring ideas of latency, adaptation and evolution. The aim is to design systems that have the capacity to evolve contextual parameters through direct engagement and feedback. This open systemic approach will seek to test its viability in multiple site interventions evolving solutions and hyper-specificity through this interaction with environmental and social conditioning.

Systemic Ecologies for Living: The studio will explore the generative potential of self-regulating phenomena through the development of proto-architectural systems. As Gygory Kepes once said, ‘The dynamic unity of constancy and change has a fundamental role in our intellectual growth. Our clearest understanding of the nature of these complementary opposites has been reached through grasp of the principle of self-regulating systems.’ Our systemic approach will seek to evolve research that examines new forms of living and structuring of human environments. Experimenting through explicit models of interactions, observable patterns and proto-animalistic agency, the studio will explore the capacity for design systems to evolve architectural elements with the capacity to self-structure, respond and evolve. Structural morphologies as genotype/phenotype explorations will construct serial structural prototypes. The aim is to generate systemic relations that are adaptive- and time-based.

Beyond deterministic methods of structuring space, issues of duration and populations will evolve a new language of assemblies as collective structures. Models will address implementation scenarios that engage singular/collective orders. Time will serve as a critical agent in the outlining of these systems and their ability to be implemented and organised. The studio will look towards an architecture that can be constructed as an adaptive network of stimulus-response environments. These synthetic ecologies will seek to redefine how we live in our urban environments.