From Landscape to Roofscape

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

Opposed to Landscape, a Roofscape is constructed from autonomous elements. (i) In a Roofscape, continuity evolves through the coherence and agreement of its constituting elements. Here we encounter one of the basic problem-sets in architecture: Alberti's Part-to-Whole-Relation (ii). In Alberti's treatise, the Whole is written through the Roman term civitas which describes a political form of coexistence, a fragile entity, a ground from the many.
Here we can continue Frei Otto's research in tensile roof-structures, its structure "arising from three things, namely the number, the figure and collocation of different parts"(iii). More precise: A roof is build up from an arrangement(1) of particles(2) and their relaxational connections(3). If we translate Frei Otto's description of a surface condition towards Alberti's definition of an architectural object, the former structural particle opens up to a (rigid) figure, being an element of a configuration through specific tectonics. A Roofscape as an active drawing of agencies, a constitution between its elements.

(i) Gottfried Semper, Caribbean Hut, Great Exhibition of 1851, London: with the Caribbean hut Semper shows that landscapes (territories) are defined through steronometric strategies (clay), whereas Roofscapes (agencies) are defined by tectonics (wood), the combination of rigid elements.
(ii) Leon Battista Alberti, De re aedificatoria, Florenz, 1451, p.12: “Quod si civitas, (...), maxima queda est domus, & contra domus ipsa minima quaedam est civitas“.
(iii) Hilberseimer, Ludwig, 1956, 'Mies van der Rohe' , Chicago: Paul Theobald.

Selected work was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art and the Gallery Titanikas in Vilnius in Spring 2013.
Students: Petras Vestartas, Paulius Dascioras, Lukas Revinskas, Gediminas Kirdeikis, Aiste Dzikaraite, Ieva Marcinonyte, Donatas Brucas, Ruta Burokaite, Ieva Mockeviciute, Ruta Stankeviciute, Mykolas Gerliakas, Lijana Norvaišaite, Algis Lipkevicius, Lina Baciuskaite

Lab for Environmental Design Strategies
Austin, London, Innsbruck.