Transdisciplinary Session1.3: Human and non-human calibrations

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.
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.
Transdisciplinary Session 1.3: Human and non-human calibrations explore how haptic devices and nurb modelling techniques calibrate a different kind of measuring tool. Through an introduction how we measure and calibrate space, each participant will explore the relationship of digital design processes to emergent spatial design projects. The participants used various techniques and modeling programs to develop a measuring device for the body. Through developing a rapid prototyped model and exploring scale in an immersive vision theatre, participants created a particular interest in exploratory devices for the body.

How objects learn to adapt through use by a participant becomes an interesting tactic in developing and communicating a militant tool for the body through use and experience. The session offered an introduction to a range of tools as a means of calibrating the body in space. By combining digital and analogue techniques, each participant developed a process of generating an analytical design project. Each participant developed working drawings of the experimental furniture for their bodies with the engagement with appropriate technologies in an analytical way. A unity of knowledge came through with the understanding of body measurement and calibration forming a design philosophy.