RC17 When Numbers Dwell: Enfilade

Research Cluster 17 - Large City Architecture Research
B-Pro Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCl London
led by Daniel Koehler and Rasa Navasaityte
with Ziming He and Sheghaf Abo Saleh

Team Enfilade: Mengshi Fu, Ren Wang, Chenyi Yao, and Zhaoyue Zhang.

Can machines compute a subject-oriented architecture? Here, we investigate the classical motif of the Enfilade as a spatial form of organization based on individual experiences. This type of building is referred as subject-oriented architecture, and the form of architecture chosen here is enfilade space. This study mainly looks at the transitional status of architectural composition of “less and more” as a form of thinking by associating classical architectural theory with typical cases, contemporary architectural concept, and technology, advanced analysis in computational method and digital architecture. From a macro perspective, less-and-more is a one-to-one correspondence to the concept of part-and-whole, in which less is equivalent to part, and more corresponds to whole. More and less share a specific and subtle relationship, indicating that parts and whole cannot be simply divided into two parts. Mixed-use buildings are intended to combine multiple functions into one complex building. However, how many more programs or less shapes do you need for a building to be plural? Shifting from objective to subjective: how many more or less people can in this building dwell? How many more or less needs relate to this arrangement?

Lab for Environmental Design Strategies
Austin, London, Innsbruck.