Spatial design is a fundamental practice in humans’ material shaping of the world. As a cultural technique, it is a key activity in the design-based disciplines, in the arts, and in engineering. The digital revolution has enabled not only new representations of spatial design (of products, installations, buildings, cities, landscapes), but also new strategies that employ computational support throughout the design process and introduce radically different modalities of interaction.
In view of this development, the central objective of the SHAPING SPACE consortium is to promote a new working paradigm in spatial design by integrating digital and physical modes of design, providing an immediate experience of the multimodal performance of the designed space, and facilitating the participation and collaboration of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and users throughout the design process.
The SHAPING SPACE consortium builds upon the alliance between Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) and Technische Universität Berlin (TU) on the Campus Charlottenburg, coordinated by the Hybrid Plattform, and the establishment of combined design laboratories in early 2019. The collaboration of architecture, science and technology shall not only enable a comprehensive approach to design in the digital age, but also an advanced form of academic practice: the synthesis of a critical reflective artistic practice and a scientific approach embracing artistic forms of discourse.