Today architecture and other fields in the built environment face the steep task of answering complex questions pertaining to sustainability, performance, and adaptability.
- How are these disciplines to accomplish these difficult tasks at such an immense pace?
- How might architectural practice renovate itself accordingly?
Worldwide it is becoming increasingly clear that different modes of research are emerging which are triggered directly by the need to renovate practice. One significant prevailing mode is what has come to be known as ‘research by design’.
This book delivers an overview of this pluralistic domain. Bringing together a range of leading architects, architectural theorists, and designers, it outlines the developments in current practice from leading individuals based in the USA, UK, Australia, Japan and Europe. Edited by a recognized expert, this book exposes the undercurrent of research, which is taking place and how this will contribute to the renovation of architectural practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Design Innovation for the Built Environment: Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice Michael U. Hensel 1. The Project of Design Research David Leatherbarrow 2. One Step towards an Ecology of Design: Fields of Relations and Bodies of Knowledge Christopher Hight 3. On the Emergence of Research by Design and Practice-Based Research Approaches in Architectural and Urban Design Halina Dunin-Woyseth and Fredrik Nilsson 4. Towards meeting the Challenges of facilitating Transdisciplinarity in Design Education, Research and Practice Mark Burry 5. Beyond Kenkyushitsu and Atelier - Towards a new Professional Education and Practice Hidetoshi Ohno and Bruno Peeters 6. Reality Studio – A Search for Design Tools to Meet Complexity Inger-Lise Syversen 7. Research by Design in the Context of the OCEAN Design Research Association Michael Hensel, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel and Jeffrey Turko 8. Systems-Oriented Design for the Built Environment Birger Sevaldson 9. Performance-Oriented Design as a Framework for Renovating Architectural Practice and Innovating Research by Design Michael U. Hensel 10. The Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics – Implementing Research Towards Performance-Oriented Architecture Michael U. Hensel 11. How Can Biology Inform Architects? Julian Vincent 12. Relational Practice Siv Stangeland and Richard Kropf 13. Studio Integrate - Interview with a young Practice focusing on Research by Design Studio Integrate – Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghi 14. Multiplying the Ground Eva Castro and Alfredo Ramirez 15. Building Communication by Design: Mobile Fiction and the City Andrew Morisson and Henry Mainsah 16. Making Material of the Networked City Einar Sneve Martinussen
Michael U. Hensel is an architect, researcher, and writer. He is Professor for Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture where he directs the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics. He is a board member of the OCEAN Design Research Association and of BIONIS, the Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability.