Design Ecologies 2.2: A Sentient Relic
A double edged sword theory – one edge through the dominant ‘theory chic’ of contemporary architecture and the other opening the way for a more dangerous conception of design – a guide, a tool for a cryptic cartography of positioning oneself from within the construction of the design itself.
Humans become the relic in relation to the sentient building.
Design Ecologies 2.2: A Sentient Relic explores strategies and tactics in the deluge of our environmental alterity, through nexuses between ecological, notational, instructional and aesthetical design visions. We are looking for models and speculations for grasping non-anthropocentric as a design methodology and collapse of the natural onto the artificial, all in connection with Design Ecologies. To see in architecture a suspension, a compromise: at the same time that it liberates a tendency towards a synthesis of bifurcations and extrapolations. Architecture as a convoluted plane of tactics and meta-strategies for giving rise to a twisted strain of designing in the built environment engrained with non-anthropocentric, non-local and non-reductionist design systems. Designing may be understood to be an exploration of alternative principles to emergent practical environmental problems. Sentient relics are designs ready to adopt different tactics and strategies between ground and unground as a kind of autopredation.
Tim Matts and Aiden Tynan