Built Space as Enabler: Social and Affective Affordances

Research Seminar

  • Event streamed live / Participation on-site possible upon registration
  • Date: Oct 9, 2020
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Darío Negueruela del Castillo
  • Location: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
  • Host: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
  • Contact: freiberg@biblhertz.it
Built Space as Enabler: Social and Affective Affordances
Architecture’s fascination with the machinic dates to its very origins. The enquiry into the capacities of autonomous generation and the rendering of complex and often unpredictable aesthetic, tectonic, and spatial outcomes is engrained at the core of the architectural and urban disciplines. And nowadays, algorithmic prowess promises to revolution the generation of form. But to what aim?

Beyond stylistic recombination and autonomous generation of form, urban studies still identify the ultimate extant performative capacities of architectural form to be at the socio-spatial dimension and at urban scale. From this perspective, I propose to look at the city as the yet unequalled architectural ‘machine’. I contend that the importance of architecture lies in specifying the spatial conditions that ultimately facilitate a structured articulation of social alterity and the affective and cognitive frames of tolerance and collaboration the urban environment is characteristic for. This postulate might help us elucidate a strategy that embraces the unavoidable dynamics of new algorithmic machines and environmental awareness together with a careful and attentive regard to spatial transformation, sketching an adequate response to the challenges of our contemporary societies. Under this light, the analysis of existing forms and the projection of generative architectural articulations ought to embrace a reconsideration of space as a capacity and form as an enabler.

Dario Negueruela del Castillo is scientific coordinator of the Center for Digital Visual Studies (Max Planck - University of Zurich) since January 2020. Between 2017 and 2019, he was Head of Research at ALICE lab in EPFL, where he completed his PhD entitled “The City of Extended Emotions” in 2017. Previously, he was founding partner of Ná architectural office in Madrid after he had received an MSc in Architecture from TU Delft and a BA from the University of Westminster. He recently organized the International Symposium ‘Scaffolds- Open Encounters’ in Brussels and coordinates the upcoming ‘Deep City International Symposium’. His research spans architecture, urbanism, affective science and spatial and visual perception with special emphasis on imagination and spatial agency. The latest among his current projects are ‘On the Urbanity of Images’ and ‘Gesture, Emotion and the Enactment of Space'. Dario’s most recent publications include 'HOUSE 1 Protostructure: Enhancement of Spatial Imagination and Craftsmanship Between the Digital and the Analogical’.

This research seminar is part of the event "Pareidolia. Vie, piazze e monumenti di Roma" (Open House with Artists) and it will be streamed live on our streaming channel.
On-site participation is possible previous registration HERE (the number of seats is limited).

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