Specialisation Studies | Dushyant Asher

Technological Sensoriums

We see the term technology as anti-sensory, or anti-art, but rather use it in a very exploratory method and it is much more than that. The most evocative examples in architectural history demonstrate a unique balance between spatial and technological economies, where both “work out” each other in meaningful and desired ways. These have resulted in imagining the (building) envelope and its (resultant) sensation separately, producing a schism in the techno-sensorial dimension which was once held together in the artifact of the building. In order to address the techno-spatial and sensorial possibilities that may be explored within building envelopes, this course works through three ideas/propositions. In the first week, we were introduced to the 'Building as an apparatus, a built form as a technological artifact. Several technological assemblies are disposed toward making a physical envelope possible for contextual inhabitation. The apparatus included a calibration of structural arrangements, material dynamics and systems, and mechanical maneuvers. Apparatuses are made up of these assemblies, When brought together in specific formations, these calibrations may produce distinct environmental experiences within built settings.

The projects focused on the effects that gets produced in architecture through the assembly of these technological constructs which is here the building as an artifact. The projects within the studio explored the phenomenon of lightness, blurred conditions of mist and moisture, the wind and formlessness, and the suspension of time through contrasting light conditions.