IDW 2019

by José Cadilhe materiate Interdisciplinary workshops MASTERS architecture heritage studies interior architecture product development urbanism and spatial planning MATERIATE* In a time where great part of architectural production is driven by icons and narratives, liminality offers a fresh platform to engage alternative methods of thinking. Liminality implies a transformative space; it evokes the endless, liquid, negative, and mysterious. Liminal space is not focused on size or shape but rather on material expression and abstraction. It is envisioned as an emergent outcome from the process of making, enabling new spatial possibilities and forms of transgression. Here, the latter instigates a critical approach towards boundaries and conventions. Materiate, is a material based workshop that will provoke students to engage negative spaces instead of prescribing the positives that contain them. Function or uses will not be given but emerge from resulting spatial qualities. A series of analogue models are expected to be produced using different supports. These may include plaster, cement, polystyrene, wax or others. The experiments will enable students to grasp material behaviour and value its transformative energy as an architectural expression. Serendipities are stimulated to liberate the creative process and investigate new design methods. To enhance discussion and collaboration, the workshop will be structured in small teams so students can develop their projects collectively. Group discussions will also be encouraged to gather different thoughts on processes of formation and ultimately, set a framework between matter and liminality. *Materiate - Adjective Philosophy – – Produced from matter; having physical substance; composed or consisting of matter. – – Metaphysics. Of a form: embodied in matter. Origin Late 16th century; earliest use found in Abraham Fraunce (1559–1593), poet and lawyer. From post-classical Latin materiatus constructed, embodied in matter, a material thing from classical Latin māteria + -ātus.