Studio II

Mission Statement Architecture Again

Architecture, a recurring memory: The studio follows successful “viral” solutions to new spatial or material possibilities, as they replicate in ideas, media, architectural “retweets”: how to modify, recombine and evaluate them?

Traces of evolution: We need tools to follow and catalyze architecture – a constantly bifurcating cultural discourse based on experiment. Particularly, the studio emphasizes the use of architectural diagrams, not as simplifications leading to caricature, but as mental structures of clear components inducing spatial recombinations and novel architecture.

Digital recombination: Past modernism’s serial repetition and mechanical reproduction, current digital tools provide us with a new research agenda and method to organize space from information: to explore and materialize digital recombination, the re-scrambling and interconnecting of bits of processes and spatial structures, in view of their architectural and aesthetic potential.

Complexity of evaluation: Between the mental diagram, its numeric inscription subject to machinic variations, the constructed building and its behavior, the studio searches for links and tools that don’t merely generate intricate forms, but actually allow several stages of re-definition and re-evaluation: architecture performing not only as a functioning organism, but as a cultural statement.

Process as a new medium: The pervasiveness of algorithms points to the growing importance of process and therefore time for the generation of architecture. Process becomes a new medium for architecture. We explore it no only in cycles of search and evaluation in a conceptual stage, but by including user inputs in the design of interactive spaces, or with dynamic zoning to propose transient urban formations…│http://www.vsvu.sk/katedra_architektonickej_tvorby/atelier_architektury_ii/

Peter Stec (*1976) holds a Diploma from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and an M. Arch. degree from Princeton University. His own architectural practice runs in parallel to academic research at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, based on previous experience at Eisenman Architects, OMA and Herzog & de Meuron. “I explore process as a new medium for architecture. Time now becomes a tangible variable in a bifurcating spatial series, leading to interactive architectural spaces and dynamic urban formations. Each project is a recurring memory.”