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Data[LAB]

Contemporary world is transformed by digital shift, fundamentally changing our living environment. The new phenomenon in the core of this change are digital data - the pervasive, constantly evolving cloud of information, we are always connected to.

The studio Data[LAB] is a platform focused on the investigating the data role in architectural design and thinking. Its aim is to research and educate the contemporary avant-garde architectural approaches with application of computational technologies. The studio offers development of theoretical, conceptual and practical skills for creating new, convincing architecture. The students' preparation for new challenges of their future profession is crucial for the studio. The aim is to augment their opportunities to be successful in the data driven age.

 

 

         

Contacts:

Mgr. art. Martin Uhrík, PhD.

martin.uhrik@stuba.sk

 

Ing. arch. MArch. Roman Hajtmanek, PhD.

roman.hajtmanek@stuba.sk

 

Brief Summer Semester 2020:

Plug 'n Play

Peter Cook – Plug-in city 1964

 

Digital shift rapidly transforms different aspects of life, including mobility. Leading automotive companies made first steps towards fully electric transportation and invests funds to autonomous cars. The industry expects deployment of electic, self-driven cars in the next years. In spite of these changes, the city infrastructure in still not prepared. Autonomous e-mobility offers multiple ways of architectural research.

The fifth room – autonomous car with battery and computer could be understand as personal, mobile, control and computational core with additional modules, the fifth room, which is possible to plug-in to the object of house or work.

Mobility frontier

Transportation in cities is composed of different types – intercity, regional, transportation on the city circuit and city centre. How should the transportation hub-frontier between these city zones look?

Post-anthropocene

New typology of buildings for autonomous cars, without human. These are new parking houses, charging stations and automatic storages. How should this new architecture look? Which estetic qualities should be there, without human observer?

Machine-city interface

Autonomous cars communicate between themselves (machine to machine). How should they communicate with the city? Machine to city interface is additional layer of the city, enabling control, communication with the autonomous traffic and orientation in the city.

Verticality

What if a car is not limited only to horizontal movement? How would the internal layout of the buildings and their interface with city corridors change in this vertical city?

The task will be to design visions and scenarios of these topics by concrete case studies in the scale of building. The site is specified as Bratislava – Wien conurbation WienBra. Plug and play is the subject of cooperation with Institute of design and Škoda Auto. Presentation and exhibition of projects will be collective with students from Institute of design on the Night of architecture and in Škoda Auto, Mlada Boleslav. Presentation prefers innovative, non-traditional techniques as interactive models, video mapping and virtual reality.

Warm-up task

The semester begins with introductory task, during the first week. The students analyse the city of Wien and draw zones of its traffic – regional, city circuit and city centre. The aim will be to draw section of the city with these zones.

Important dates

10.2. 9:00 topic introduction in DataLab

12.2. 1. first admission round 14:00

13.2. 2. second admission round 8:00

17.2. Kick-off

PS: Minimum of programming, maximum of fun.

Alan Boutwell, Mike Mitchell Continuous city 1969

Cedric Price – Potteries Thinkbelt 1964-66