Design in the digital age
Shaping space is a primary cultural technique in human and material design around the world and a key activity in design-based disciplines, the arts and engineering. Advanced digitalization facilitates new forms of spatial design of objects, buildings, urban habitats, products, and services, as well as fundamentally new design strategies. Algorithms are becoming a key partner in the design process here, and multimodal interfaces allow for new forms of interaction with spatial designs.
“The central goal of ‘Shaping Space’ is to develop tools for the digital design of space, in which algorithms guarantee compliance with physical and technical constraints and make direct reference to the human perception of form, materials, acoustics, light, and heat, and form the basis for visionary space with unexpected quality and new functions,” explains Professor Dr. Stefan Weinzierl, Head of the Audio Communications at Technische Universität Berlin and designated spokesperson of the “Shaping Space” cluster project.
Scientists are aiming to overcome the discrepancy between artistic and engineering design and the paradigm of singular authorship as a central reference. Newly developed tools will be used to bring design-based practice and the art of engineering closer together, and to establish creative opportunities for co-production, intervention, and participation.
“Social and aesthetic constellations of spatial design and experience are changing as a result: environment and technology are increasingly becoming indistinguishable, surfaces are turning into interfaces, users into hubs, and products into services,” says Professor Dr. (Eng.) Christoph Gengnagel, Professor of Constructive Design and Structural Planning at Universität der Künste Berlin and the second designated spokesperson.
“Shaping Space” is structurally based on the close alliance between Universität der Künste Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin on the Charlottenburg campus. Joint design labs already exist, and their operations can be substantially consolidated. The productive relationship between art, science, and technology allows for extensive technical modeling in the digital age and the development of innovative working methods and production processes.