INTER.ONE Tools for Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of architecture undergraduate students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg. Work at TFA aims to develop new experience driven design methods.

Extended Brief 2017-18 AA.INTER.ONE

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Scenes of the imaginative space


As technology develops in rapid speed, it will ends up for human being devoted and faithful to their emotions and expressions as those feelings are what makes human the human themselves. Human will no longer require to learn knowledge as machines such as AI, IoT and Big Data will do the job for the human. What is left for human beings?

Unlike other animals, humans could develop and become civilized only because they held power of imagination. One could imagine that he could become a king and so he did. If the king asked his people to harvest in requital of money, people did their job. It is because people could imagine what they can do with the money after receiving the reward. They could imagine of buying a drink, food or even a house so they did their job. Imagination is the true power of human kind. It is something that can’t be replaced by super intelligence or any kinds of computer or AI. Scene above describes a man walking into his house with his high-tech lenses attached to his eyes. The house is filled with liquid like material that can shift its form freely without breaking any inner structure, pipes and furniture. It can also harden itself and soften as an owner of house wishes. To his lenses, GPS is attached so house recognized his location so space will be always formed as he wanders through his house.


Memories and Imagination

When everything is calculated with precision and comfortable, excitement can be lost. Why don’t machine do everything? With human’s imagination, they can create atmosphere and excitement that machine could never create. The proposal introduced a space where people can be stimulated to imagine their own thought and memories. It is best to leave a blank space in order to provoke people to draw their imagination. However, imagination comes from memories from the past or hints and traces of existing matters. By introducing guides lines and simple shapes with fundamental colors, each individuals can project their own unique imagination to create an unexpected and mesmerizing spaces. Teachers in ancient Greek taught their students ‘mnemonic’ techniques meaning the art of memory. By remembering powerful elements, for example beautiful, eccentric, shocking and so on, students could organize their memories and recall and eventually invent new ideas from those elements. Therefore, columns and ruins of columns and wall have been occupied and horizontal and vertical lines of building frames are applied in the space. To create a provocative and exciting atmosphere, many different elements with simple colors are scattered in the space.


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