Studio 37

The Third Digital Turn of Non-Standard Architecture

Melika Aljukic

Studio Description

The studio on the Third Digital Turn of Non-Standard Architecture investigates novel methods of form finding and construction by using computation and automation. A computational approach in architectural design emphasises two essential features: first, a continuity between material and information; and second, an ability to create organic organisations and behaviours through software and computing applications. The studio question underpins investigation to reinscribe the concept within ecological means and re-evaluate the terms of architectural form. Ecology is traced through the social, political and existential aspects. The architectural interventions are within the urban matrix and architectural form of the City of Dubrovnik.

Studio Outcomes

Students will develop an architectural design from selected readings and media provided, including site information, archival material and lectures on spatial, structural, material and environmental systems. The codification of the architectural prototype will explore the limits of Non-Standard Architecture informed by material, construction and automation within the urban environment of the City of Dubrovnik codified with the Statute of Dubrovnik in 1272. The students will describe the architectural design project through digital models and drawings that show the detailed organisation, assembly and design in relation to its urban settings and surroundings. The students will gain an understanding and knowledge of how to document, present and communicate design results in relation to design objectives and the history of the project design, as well as key conceptual and theoretical terms relevant to the project.

Studio Leader

Dr. Melika Aljukic is an architect and academic. Melika is the principal architect of architecture and urban design practice Melika Aljukic Architects. Melika graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Architecture First Class Honours, holds a Master in Architecture (Architecture and Urbanism) from the Architectural Association in London and a PhD in Architecture from the University of Sydney for her thesis ‘The Third Digital Turn of Non-Standard Architecture’. Melika has taught architecture at the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney.

Readings & References

  • Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer
  • Nella Lonza, The Statute of Dubrovnik of 1272 Liber Statutorum Civitatis Ragusii
  • Leon Battista Alberti, On the Art of Building
  • Melika Aljukic,The Third Digital Turn of Non-Standard Architecture, PhD
  • Bernard Cache, Projectiles
  • Mario Carpo, The Alphabet and the Algorithm
  • Mario Carpo, Second Digital Turn
  • Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
  • Jacques Derrida, “Différance” in Margins on Philosophy
  • Jacques Derrida, Point de Folie – Meintenant l’Architecture”in AA Files
  • Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am
  • Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
  • Matthias Fritsch, Taking Turns With the Earth
  • Buckminister Fuller and Robert Marks, The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller
  • Florian Herthweck and Sébastien Marot, The City in the City
  • Emil Kaufmann, De Ledoux a Le Corbusier
  • Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York
  • Frei Otto, Finding Form: Towards an Architecture of the Minimal
  • Colin Rowe, The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Other Essays
  • Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Volume I and Volume II
  • Bernard Stiegler, Technics and Time 1
  • Rudolf Wittkower, Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism
  • Heinrich Wölfflin, Renaissance and Baroque

Schedule Mondays and Thursdays 09:00-12:00 Online

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