Environmental Design and its historical Trajectories

course: Digital Design Strategies, bachelor studies at the Department of Architecture, Vilnius Academy of Art
led by Daniel Köhler, Rasa Navasaityte

Thinking of architecture as one of the frame(s) for social processes of society the research on vernacular Lithuanian architecture can show, how structural methods and architectural shapes evolved from the transcription of multiple social processes.

We analyzed how the sense of environment is translated in the physical dimensions of human life and reveals through various elements, like structure, form and materiality. Further the transcription of cultural processes into structural forms can be understood as an architectural mesh-work (1). As a specific topic for this workshop we investigated on traditional grouping behaviors inherent in Lithuanian “sutartines”. By referencing dance appearances (consisting of certain elements of expression, as clothes and gestures of dancers), we developed certain types of elements and their behaviors. The “accordance” as the constitutional element of an overall dance and singing pattern (sutartines) reflects in the emergence of an tectonic textile (2), which can be read as an architectural diagram in multiple scales. As shelter, urban formation or organizational plan.

(1): Tim Ingold, Lines: A Brief History, London, 2007
(2): Gottfried Semper: Style in the Technical and Tectonical Arts; or Practical Aesthetics, Hamburg, 1857

Participants: Lina Baciuškaitė, Aistė Dzikaraitė, Gediminas Kirdeikis, Simas Kazlauskas, Vytautas Lukšas, Eglė Rutkauskaitė, Petras Vestartas, Eglė Židonytė.

Lab for Environmental Design Strategies
Austin, London, Innsbruck.