Theory by Design: Architectural Research Made Explicit in the Design Teaching Studio pages:197-204
Theory by Design location:Antwerp date:October
In the current ‘age of unsettlement’(Janssens, 2012) my research aims at understanding and possibly incorporating existential anguish into architectural design and education. Inquiry into the architectural Unheimlichkeit (in a reference to Vidler’s ‘The Architectural Uncanny’ (Vidler, 1992)) signifies addressing a paradoxical and disquieting force in architecture that does not intimidate but rather stimulates the growth of human creativity through architecture.
Architectural Unheimlichkeit proposes a specific approach towards architectural design and education. Unheimlichkeit complements prevailing values and norms in architecture as preset by society (commodities, light, sight, and so on). It also may articulate, envisage and embody a ‘frictional’ design approach that promotes the growth of ‘other’ values in the architectural discipline such as empathy, inclusion and alteration. Simultaneously, I conduct specific pedagogic experiments (build-up of a pedagogical model) through a number of Research Design Studios entitled ‘Onheimelijk’ as collectively organized with and by student researchers at the St Lucas School of Architecture. Both educational and professional traits arguably lead to an altered sense of authorship favouring a more ’collective’ understanding of Unheimlichkeit in architecture.