This Spring 2017 we are holding our second Singapore Studio and asking our students to propose innovation prototypologies- architectures that cater to the creative class. Our site, as in the previous semester, is the innovation district of Changi Business Park, anchored by the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
Designing for innovation requires that we articulate how space will be experienced, and how it may allow for provocative interaction. Developing a central experience concept allows our students to share and articulate ideas about experience of space, and provides the basis for the design of their prototype. Upon this experiential basis, we build arguments for the design of program, flow, bio-climatic massing, and tectonics.
The prototypes we design, in part thanks to parametric tools, will retain an adaptive generic-ness capable of producing a multiplicity of scenarios. For each prototype we evaluate a matrix of scenarios based on the affordances it allows for interaction and creativity. What evidence we use to argue for these affordances, how this evidence is framed and leveraged is central to the research goals of this studio.
Image credits: MxD, Alain Herzog