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2016 - 2017

PROTOTYPE CITY

Strategies in Experimental Architecture

In Semester 1 we discovered the dynamic city of Sheffield, in which disconnected and forgotten pockets of the urban fabric had the potential to be given new meaning through research and design innovation. Through research and design, we tried to both understand and respond to the life, spirit and aspirations of specific places. Through prototyping we tried to experimentally test and develop innovative and creative methods of design with a view to real world implementations.

For the Semester 2 research and design project in Studio Prototype City we worked in small groups to develop an experimental design project proposal. Using the site skills developed in semester 1 we evaluated our site and set out an experimental design agenda, the outcomes of which had the freedom to explore a spectrum of experimental media: physical or virtual; digital, conceptual or material; singular or multiple; site specific, generic or bespoke; city scale, architectural or intimate; interactive dynamic or static; etc.

Responsive system of sensory components 2

This project,“Strategies in Experimental Architecture”, aimed to create a responsive system of sensory components which are adjustable and adaptable to human motions. Therefore, the system could adapt to different situations such as Design Month or La Strada (Specific to site in Graz, Austria) and be transformed in various forms with multiple functions.


The area of the responsive system. The installation can be transformed for different events and functions.

Three prototypes of basic components of the responsive system project.

The prototype of the Lost and Found project and details.

Simulation Group

Using a series of wind simulations, we used software to experiment with several iterations of a designed artefact to assess it's capacity to withstand wind loads.

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