GALLERY INDEX

Natural Systems

Related Staff : Michael Kokora

Studio Instructor: Michael Kokora

This studio is a study of atmospheres, environmental effects, and biological reactions. It is an attempt to challenge the human centric view of intelligence and human competence in managing natural systems. Could we begin to speculate on what would happen, if as much as we tried to master our surroundings, we also let them master us? Can we even design them to do so? New circumstances are always on the horizon, a new flood, earthquake, tsunami, changing temperatures, rising sea levels. Rather than resisting change could we find new ways for buildings to embrace such change through material and tectonics? That is, rather than resisting or striving for something ‘neutral’ could we actually capture or redirect the unforeseen effects of time, climate, natural circumstance, even catastrophe in a meaningful way?

This studio explores new physical and technological types of interface that facilitate both passive and interactive relationships with physical phenomena and organisms. The studio operates on the border between art and science and explores the manifestations in enclosure and landscape. Projects in this studio projects seek new meanings in material, form (or formlessness), and physical effects through temporal relationships between natural and artificial means – actively reconsidering what we think we know as ‘natural’. Rather than aiming for something passive and ‘sustainable’ they consider the environment to be active and charged physically and phenomenally.

Michael Kokora
Assistant Professor

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE