Creating an alternative design vocabulary by unlearning human behaviour through their communication with the city.
Last week we were at School of Form in Poznan for Xeamül research study together with Agata Skorka, Danił Daneliuk, Fitnat Cimşit Koş and Maciej Frackowiak. Xemaül is a part of Human and Environment Lecture we are giving with Fitnat at Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture.
We believe that the academy can trigger to unlearn and change the vocabulary we are using in architectural and design education by creating this kind of informal grounds. Changing the vocabulary of something, also means speculating something. This speculation is crucial for opening new discussions encouraging critical thinking. We; a group of academics and professionals coming from different backgrounds of architecture, communication design, design communication and sociology, came together for a collective work which emerged a new design vocabulary.
In the constantly changing digitalisation state of today, the information is not taken but given. We respond to our environment in the way we were taught.
During our research study in Poznan, we focused on unlearning all the information we have been given about the built environment and re-build new forms of communication by using our intuitions. This perspective led us to seek tensions during our daily routines and thus re-learn relationships between human cognition, body and environment. We had critical discussions on the tactile dimension of architecture which created new manipulations as design briefs.
Urban sequences, our research observations in Poznan
To re-learn the environment within the scope of the Affordance Theory by psychologist James J. Gibson, it is important to re-think the possibilities of objects. Changing the way we consider visual&linguistic perception of the environment certainly leads to action; dispsitioning objects for a certain meaning, joy and function.
Xeamül Dictionary editorial design process and exhibition at School of Form
Discussion topics of the study; Responsive Behaviours, Inhabitation of Gestures and Urban Flesh were transmitted into a new design vocabulary in Poznan; understanding unintentional actions by analysing human behaviour through their communication with the city.
The completed dictionary will be exhibited in Istanbul within this year.
Here are some topics of our discussions ended up with a new word.
Movement is architecture.
Movement is liberating the architecture.
Freedom follows the flow, liberating the mind and the space.
Measuring the habit of the space with the relation between distributed mind and cognition of the tool.
Architecture is movement.
The relations between space, trace and movement refers to architecture per minute.
Architecture is what people feel inside. This way of thinking is changing the discipline and the freedom of the building.
A shift in perception of something or somewhere through learning an unexpected information.
Landscape of buildings that has similar DNA, thogh are built by different architects.
Swiping the reality
We are extending the linguistics of smart phones to our daily life. Smart phone vocabulary became an everyday ritual as we say; I am out of battery, I need to charge etc…
We are scrolling/swiping the reality.
depose, Gesture vocabulary of the space
Can we learn the gestures which makes us familiar with the space?
Our bodily gestures drives a mental and physical border and understanding in the space.
a form of In-direct communication seeking distance and dialogue which preservers both privacy and openness.
Lack of love
Being in love.
And being in lack of love.
Romanticising something refers to a temporary situation.
Because of the lack of love we don't finish something or we start to love another thing immediately. Like the market wants us to love the new iPhone 7 and then it makes us to love iPhone X.
Being attached to a space because of the delicate details.
an idea of the monument driven from the personal and intuitive gestures in the urban environment.