©2019 by UNIT 17, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Juwhan Han

juwhanhan@gmail.com

Architects try to design as to structure the movements of information that humans possess. Yet, more often than not, architects of today primarily focus on the material appearance of spaces that are built AFTER predicting the movements of people, and less attention is given to the membranes of those spaces in the design process and to the openings in the membranes that deals with the flow of information.

As a result, architecture is becoming biased towards eye-pleasing forms, neglecting other senses of our body that are equally, if not, more significant than sight.

Having gained the technical knowledge last year in a visual unit, I was ambitious to finding ways to use the algorithmic knowledge in rather sensuous ways, to ultimately unveil a new system of architecture than forms. I started to [re]think about people and space differently. People were regarded as information transformers computing in their own domain: they feed on vegetables and meat, they eat and drink, they absorb sounds and light, they smell and sense. People compute that information and spit out information in a different format.

Likewise, spaces are transformers on a meta-level as seen in relation to people (Oosterhuis and Feireiss, 2006). In this sense, a space is full of more or less active components, many of them (including people), communicating with each other and interacting with certain intervals, in real-time. This establishment raises the question: how can architects keep the process truly alive and apply meaning to the behaviour in real-time?

Therefore, this March design project investigates a new system of designing architectural space that does not respond to climate changes like commonly seen time-based systems but to human information (such as emotions, behaviours and events) of another space. To facilitate such proposal, my parents who are currently living in Korea, are employed as primary sources that are consistently used throughout the development of the research. The proposal is explored in both technical ways (fully explored in thesis) and sensuous values that the system could embrace.

As a result, a new dimension of telecommunication system opens up where physically separated spaces communicate information with each other continuously in multi-sensuous, real-time manner. In some ways, the proposal can no longer be called a ‘building’ as it is never in the state of the past; it is more like an instrument that is orchestrated by distant family or lovers.