Reconfigurable Architecture

Reconfigurable Architecture

Ignacio Basterrechea

The precipitous pace at which technological advancements develop also influence dramatic changes within many fields of society. These changes are not strictly limited to the way we interact with each other, but also the interaction between the physical and digital world.

Due to the inherit scale of architecture, these rapid changes have the possibility of threatening the utility of architecture as a whole. For example, public buildings are expected to have a lifespan of minimum 30 years. Therefore, designing and executing these projects pose the risk of rendering the building obsolete even before opening doors for the first time.

It is with this initial problem, that the interest of investigating the possibilities of an adaptable (and/or responsive) system that allows the constructions made today to morphologically adapt to future unforeseen requirements.

The research driven design approach of Hyperbody’s Graduation studios present the opportunity to articulate the complex relationship between social, environmental, spatial, technological and user based information with physical matter.

Furthermore, it is the aim of this article to frame the processes and discoveries of the author’s graduation project within the current digital-driven design discourse. The structure of this reflection consists of three parts.

First, the project would be dissected by stating the initial requirements and challenges, theoretical ground, relevant projects. Then, the project would be described step by step, unfolding how each sub-process was built to assemble the design apparatus. Finally, the results would be presented accompanied by a critical reflection regarding the process.

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