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Matter | Energy Interaction

Proposed Research Area: Matter | Energy Interaction

Research Director: Christina Doumpioti dip Arch/Eng MArch

OCEAN Researchers: Christina Doumpioti, Prof. Dr. Michael U. Hensel

This research Area was ratified and commenced in 2012.

 Website: http://www.c-dmp.com/

The research is a theoretical and design led exploration focusing on the relationship and interaction between matter and energy and their boundary conditions or transition zones. Through the generation of hybrid material systems with inherent dynamic properties, the research aims to explore the effects triggered by energy differences between matter and its immediate surroundings. Those effects are fluctuating over time, generating heterogeneous energy states. The notion of the boundary is revisited from a thermodynamic point of view and as a transitional zone between the material and the immaterial than as a solid demarcation of spatial thresholds. The research is aiming at the conceptualisation and making of interfaces capable of coupling the visible with the invisible, the material with the immaterial, and the physiological with the psychological.


Integrated Research + Architectural Education

2011: Biodynamic Structures Workshop at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 11-19 July 2011

2013:  Form and Matter Lecture Series at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London


Published Papers + Articles:

Doumpioti, C. (2011) 'Responsive and Material Interfaces', ACADIA Conference, Calgary, Canada, 11-16 October 2011.

Doumpioti, C. (2011) 'Variable Modulus and Active Material Systems', Ambience Conference, Boras, Sweden, 28-30 October 2011.

Doumpioti, C. (2011) 'Intensive and Extensive Differences'. Online: article

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