Merrild / Reversible Tectonics

Reversible Tectonics Learnings From the Past

Author: Heidi Sørensen Merrild, Aarhus School of Architecture

Supervisor: Thomas Bo Jensen, Aarhus School of Architecture; Anders Christian Bregnballe, Aarhus School of Architecture

Research stage: initial doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract

DDR Statement

Selected, revisited collections and principles from pre-modern buildings are introduced as practical tests (mock-ups) in the design process. The mock-ups must be seen as practical tests in the design process, which must investigate and develop methods and concepts for the principles of reversibility, and thus an understanding of lifespan/courses in relation to resources, tectonics and ecology.

It’s a practice-based research approach, in the Project, using Research through Design (RtD) as a method. RtD is an approach that focuses on design processes and makes it possible to explore, articulate and develop the ‘silent knowledge’ that unfolds in architectural practices.1 Selected RtD method are relevant in design and architecture because theory and concept development are tied to a material in the form of drawings, models and mock-ups. The theory incorporates the reflective forms of practice of architecture and stands outside these through critical evaluation. This project is based on a design driven research that involves materials research, development work and tectonic experiments, which are used to investigate how material properties, tectonics, detailing can qualify a reversible architectural (tectonic) discourse.

  1. Dunin-Woyseth & Nilsson, 2012