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  • synthetic aesthetics

    synthetic aesthetics

    lund SWEDEN

    Department of Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics, Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH

    Tutors: Julia Koerner, Adam Vukmanov
    Organization/ Invitation: Abelardo Gonzalez
    Student Assistants: Felicia Lans, Marcus Westberg, Fahrad Jalalvand

    The two weeks international workshop was an introduction to this year’s ASAE2010 symposium and the topic of “Architecture and Beauty”. Sixty students were analyzing visual effects and identifying elements that are defining ”Beauty” in the eye of an observer. Further on, the focus was on imaginary atmospheric effect of capturing outer space and translating it into an architectural spatial experience in form of Ground Based Observatory.

    Looking into synthetic processes, generated in digital space, we were discussing and arguing the form in architecture. The workshop was focused on techniques that definitions of various morphologies and exploration of the notion of beauty in rendered images, line drawings and theory.

    60 Students were studying natural and organic beauty as well as the difference between artificial and synthetic aesthetics. Artificial beauty relates to superficial imitation of natural bodies or processes, on the other side synthetic has same properties as its original and it is devised, arranged and fabricated for special situations of replacing usual realities.

    There is a systematic approach where one can outline at least 10 effects for generating beauty. Some of those effects are voluptuous curvature and surface, modulation of detail and components across the surface, a scale shift of a large interior out of components, or a large scheme out of components and gradient color. Greg Lynn calls them qualitative effects which create inherent aesthetic that an audience understands.

    The software tools such as MAYA, RHINO and ADOBE were introduced to the students and used to design a small-scale building typology, first starting with the case study. The case study was a quick design of a fragment or artifact, a small meteorite which has qualities from another world “Something fallen from the sky”.They explored the relation of synthetic and natural beauty.

    Further on, the focus was on imaginary atmospheric effect of capturing outer space and translating it into an architectural spatial experience in form of GROUND BASED OBSERVATORY (looking at spacial qualities, building systems, structure, lighting, cladding, gravity and horizon).

    The goal of the workshop was for students to develop (in groups of four), a set of architectural techniques within basic geometry and volume, silhouette and outline, continuity, components, figure ground relationship, effects and further to achieve certain software skills which give the students the ability to process their ideas through 3dimensional digital tools.

    Students:

    Fredrik Petersson,Lina Byberg, Björn Hellberg, Karolina Nilsson, Nike Rosvall, Isabell Lilja, Juliet Leonette-Lidgren, Sixten Dunér, Mohammad.M Zanjanian, Kajsa Börjesson, Henrik Ålund, Oskar Tagesson, Sofia Kanerud, Sofia Höglund, Elisabeth Olander, Hillevi-My Ohlsson, Lina Salomonsson, Andreea Marcu, Ina Bergström, Camilla Sigbo, Elton Topalli, Yana Atanasova, Oskar Edström, Sara Hellgren, Odd Kjellberg, Andreas Nyström, Gustav Lindh, Mattias Lindskog, Erik Revellé, Johan Talje, René Andersson, Kajsa Berntzon, Nadia Petersson, Madeleine Heckler, Bujar Abazaj, Marta Nestorow, Tomas Ramstrand, Josef Lindh, Svante Karlsson, Mattias Nilsson, Per Hallström, Anna Sundstedt, Jonathan Gertson, Maine Godderidge, Sanna Haagen, Jonas Ersson, Nils-Erik Fransson, Kalle Landin, Johan Wirdelöv, Emelie Siemonsen, Helena Pettersson, Per Linde, Sofia Lundeholm, Lucy Roth, Malin Schwan, Susanne Gehlert, Cornelia Åkerlund, Emmanuel Ferm, Kristina Roupé, Martin Götberg, Matilda Schuman

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