Transdisciplinary Session 1.1: Architectural Ecologies

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 1.1: Architectural Ecologies involves transdisciplinary research in an open source bulding energy management system (BEMS) in a building on Portland Square in Plymouth, UK. The class investigates the complexities of building plus environment through experience of the sensed environmental data and the participants. Architectural Ecologies research session worked in different fields, from aesthetics to behaviour, an interdisciplinary approach to affecting the relationships and interactions between inhabitants and their architectural environment. This research session experimented with and forecast potential future use, impact and value of using data generated by a building and its inhabitants, to recursively influence behaviour, creating a symbiotic ecology with a potential greater environmental awareness. Through the master class we will encourage the development of human and non-human resolutions for the future of building design. The methodologies developed by every participant will be based on the study of three main factors: behaviour, data and interaction of participants in the building.

Participants developed speculative research on the expansion and evolution of our physical and conceptual space, in relation to their understanding of data, behaviour and interaction of participants in the building.