The mission of this area of research is to develop an informed and integral architectural design approach that accommodates the pursuit of heterogeneous space and architectural provisions. This pursuit is done through the re-examining of the fundamental architectural elements of the ground and the envelope for their potency as spatial and organizational elements.
Currently within the discipline of architecture there is an increased delivery of superficial outcomes. Yes as a discipline we have advanced our methods of formal outcomes and can manifest just about any geometry imaginable, thus transforming our environments into new orders and relationships. But we run the risk of spatial redundancy and an obsolescence of building stock if we do not expand our pallets and considerations in the use of these advanced methods. Where to begin these considerations? We begin with architecture!
Through the re-examining of the fundamental architectural elements of the ground and the envelope we begin to reveal their potency as spatial and organizational elements. By way of promoting differentiated and heterogeneous spatial organizations in architecture that arises out of the primary architectural concerns of continuous, multiple and provisional grounds as well as articulated and extended thresholds of the envelope.
We see this as an antidote to the majority of superficial design and the shallowness of currently prevailing social and environmental sustainability considerations. Offering the possibility of a potent depth of consideration that points towards more heterogeneous fabrics for the built environment that also include a higher degree of biodiversity. Thus putting forward an intensely local architectural and tectonic consideration within the global setting of the discipline.
The Grounds + Envelopes research area was established in 2011 and is currently undertaking its research through the investigation and expansion of themes in a forthcoming publication as well as the elaboration evolution of these of these in post graduate design studios.
Website coming soon: www.grounds-envelopes.net
Currently in production:
- Dissemination: Hensel, M. and Turko, J. (2014). Grounds and Envelopes – Reshaping Architecture and the Built Environment. Routledge: London.
- Exhibition in conjunction with the launch of the Grounds + Envelopes book
- Grounds + Envelopes Reader - Seminal Writings;
- Design Project: speculative Grounds and Envelopes project;
Hensel, M. (2013). AD Primer - Performance-oriented Architecture: Rethinking Architectual Design and the Built Environment. London: AD Wiley.
Papers + Articles:
Hensel, M. and Sunguroğlu Hensel, D. (2010). 'Extended Thresholds I: Nomadism, Settlements and the Defiance of Figure-Ground’. Turkey: At the Threshold, AD Architectural Design Vol. 80, 1: 14-19.
Hensel, M. and Sunguroğlu Hensel, D. (2010). 'Extended Thresholds II: The Articulated Threshold’. Turkey: At the Threshold, AD Architectural Design Vol. 80, 1: 20-25.