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ex25D2RP - Performative Hybridity


The Performative Hybridity workshop focuses on developing: Transportation-nodes and info-hubs connecting the water and land transportation networks for the Expo 2025. These nodes are interactive portals interfacing water and land, city and world. They operate as distributed water-bus/taxi landings with integrated real-time information and communication capabilities and perform on various levels from bus/taxi and rest stop incorporating cafeteria, business services, and Internet access to communication hub ensuring information exchange and dynamic crowd management. In this context, performative hybridity will be explored at architectural, building component and material scale. At each scale hybridity will be explored with respect to employing multiple materials and systems that have various performances. Performances may address functional, formal, material aspects, etc., while changes in performativity requirements may be addressing, for instance, inside-outside transitions and may imply porosity change or some other material or immaterial transformation. Performance parameters (related to functional, structural, and/or environmental requirements) vary in time and are drivers for the design of passive, active, and interactive systems that are embedded in building components. The aim of the workshop is to design a complete performative structure with various degrees of enclosure from semi- and completely open (75%) to enclosed (25%). The structure consists of materially informed and interactive components, whereas materially informed components are addressing requirements with respect to functional, structural, and thermal insulation performances and interactive components have embedded sensor-actuators. While sensors may count visitors, the Expo 2025 planning software may evaluate distribution, and may suggest strategic routes to avoid overcrowding, actuators may block or open window, doors, i.e. portals, provide information, etc. The overall design will address ranges from enclosed to open in terms of continuous variation in porosity, while functionalities may require different types of EPS.

Design Brief



Group Dynamics


Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Mon. 16th of Nov.
  • 10:00-12:00 Introduction / lecture
  • 13:00-16:00 Working session, groups brainstorm
  • 16:00-17:00 Introduction to Robotics
Tue. 17th of Nov.
  • 10:00-12:00 Working session and discussion with tutor teams
  • 13:00-15:00 presentation
  • discussion and development for 3 initial prototypes
Wed. 18th of Nov.
  • Design development
  • Tool path Generation for initial prototypes
  • initial calibration and test of robotic setup
Thu. 19th of Nov.
  • G1 initial prototype
  • G2 initial prototype
  • G3 initial prototype
Fri. 20th of Nov.
  • Critique session, midterm presentation by groups
  • Info point design
Sat. 21st of Nov.
  • Info point design development
Sun. 22nd of Nov.
  • Info point design development
Mon.23th of Nov.
  • Media studies Lecture
  • Finalizing the design
Tue. 24th of Nov.
  • Finalizing the chosen section Toolpath generation
  • Production
Wed. 25th of Nov.
  • Production
Thu. 26th of Nov.
  • Production
Fri. 27th of Nov.
  • Production/Assembly
  • Assembly
Sat. 28th of Nov.
  • Graphics and representation
Sun. 29th of Nov.
  • Graphics and representation
Mon.30th of Nov.
  • Presentation and critique