In architecture, there are two kinds of spaces – one is the static space whose spatial quality shifts and transforms with the changes in the activities that take place in it, the changing nature of the light that enters, the change in its furniture layout, or movement pattern, and so on. The second is dynamic space that transforms its spatial quality by moving/shifting/transforming itself through its envelope and/or the elements that make that very space.
The course focused on architectural qualities/spatial qualities which are primarily derived from the process of its making. The students were introduced to the logic of assembly of building elements as well as manufacturing processes of certain materials. Largely speaking, the students went through a series of design exercises that exposed them to thinking about 'design' through materials and processes of 'making/constructing'.
Combining their learnings from a broad range of exercises, the students eventually designed architectural elements with new behavioral properties which will be instrumental in an overall creation of transformative/dynamic space. For example, a pavilion that expands to become a larger shelter as and when required, a wall that gives shade to itself, or a retractable roofing system for a mosque.