Empathic Space: The Computation of Human-Centric Architecture
Paul Coates, Christian Derix, Olafur Eliasson, Lucy Helme, Bill Hillier, Åsmund Izaki, Prarthana Jagannath, Dan Montello, Juhani Pallasmaa, Philip Steadman and Guy Theraulaz.
Jussi Ängeslevä (Art+Com), Stan Allen, Aedas|R&D, Markus Braach (Kaisersrot), Hermann Hertzberger, Kazuhiro Kojima (Cat), Pablo Miranda and Rafi Segal.
ABOUT THE GUEST-EDITORS 6|
Christian Derix and Åsmund Izaki
SPOTLIGHT: Visual highlights of the issue 8
INTRODUCTION: The Space of People in Computation 14
Generative Design Methods and the Exploration of Worlds of Formal Possibility 24
The Deep Structure of the Picturesque 32
Paul Coates and Christian Derix
Crafting Space: Generative Processes of Architectural Configurations 38
Solutions You Cannot Draw 46
INTERACTIONS IN THE FIELD
Embracing the Creativity of Stigmergy in Social Insects 54
Block/Tower: A Vertical Landscape in Midtown Manhattan 60
Stan Allen and Rafi Segal
Programs as Paradigms 66
Pablo Miranda Carranza
Spatial Cognition and Architectural Space: Research Perspectives 74
Daniel R Montello
Empathic Imagination: Formal and Experiential Projection 80
The Future is Curved 86
The Aura of the Digital 94
The Generic City and its Origins 100
Polyvalence: Th e Competence of Form and Space with Regard to Different Interpretations 106
Encoding User Experiences 114
Åsmund Izaki and Lucy Helme
New Curricula: Syntonic Systems 122
Christian Derix and Åsmund Izaki
Near Futures: Associative Archetypes 130
Christian Derix and Prarthana
COUNTERPOINT: How Can Code be Used to Address Spatiality in Architecture? 136
Leon van Schaik
In recent years, questions of space have gained renewed momentum in architecture and urban design, as adaptation, densification and sustainable regeneration have become an increasing priority. While most computing-based design tends to emphasise the formal aspects of architecture, overlooking space and its users, the ‘original’ computational design approaches first spearheaded in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s tended to be focused on behavioural and occupational patterns.
Empathic Space: The Computation of Human-Centric Architecture discusses how, over the last decade, a new generation of design research has emerged that has started to implement and validate previous investigations into spatial computation. This latest title in the Architectural Design (AD) series aims to understand how to design spatial configurations based on user experiences and revive an interest in the experiential that was first explored in the early 20th Century by German and Nordic organic architects who invented design methods that correlated cognitive responses of buildings’ occupants to spatial structure.
Empathic Space, however, looks at how the current revival of human-centric design represents an approach that synthesises spatial design and algorithmic techniques with organic design thinking, which could also be regarded as a return to the ‘first principles’ of architectural design.
Containing contributions from Paul Coates, Christian Derix, Olafur Eliasson, Lucy Helme, Bill Hillier, Åsmund Izaki, Prarthana Jagannath, Dan Montello, Juhani Pallasmaa, Philip Steadman and Guy Theraulaz, Empathic Space also features architects and designers including Jussi Ängeslevä (Art+Com), Stan Allen, Aedas|R&D, Markus Braach (Kaisersrot), Hermann Hertzberger, Kazuhiro Kojima (Cat), Pablo Miranda and Rafi Segal.
Empathic Space: The Computation of Human-Centric Architecture will be available wherever books are sold, priced £24.99.
Notes to editors:
- Review copies and jacket images are available on request