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My research interests revolve around the coupling of following themes:
a.Knowledge creation / innovation in competitions
Competitions are complex decision-making processes, in which different fields of activities are entangled with each other and knowledge creation is produced by âknowledge acting upon knowledgeâ. Looking judgement in competitions from this âknowledgeâ perspective, lead us to the hypothesis that the quality of the decisions and the results of the architectural judgement can not be judged in binary terms of good or bad, right or wrong. The decisions of the jury are developed in an environment of collective practices, where knowledge and understanding emerge.
b. Diagrammatic thinking
The staring point of this research was the methodology developed in the first year of the PhD in order to collect the data from the archives ( Hypathie II by P.Frey / ACM , www.seals.ch, http://www.hls-dhs-dss.ch/) in a conceptual framework of complexity and assemblage theories. The empirical diagrammatic schemas developed in the first year trigger a conceptual research of the diagram as a tool/method for addressing complexity in design. During this research on diagrammatics, concepts from wider philosophical debates (Plato, Gehring, Foucault, Deleuze, Serres, Guattari) to applied design theories and reasoning (N.Cross, Boland and Callopy, J.P.Chupin, F.Dogan) were profoundly studied.
c. âTracing and mappingâ
My empirical research is an ongoing data collection from 19th century competitions in a âcomplexifyingâ database based on E/R diagrammatic models. In order to âtrace and mapâ âevolutionary trajectoriesâ of competitions, different ways for generating relations between the data are studied like data mining (using WEKA clustering algorithms) and biological algorithms ( NK models / fitness landscapes). Furthermore the database is used as a base for the cooperation with the department of Informatics of University of Fribourg , DiVA group (PhD student I.Boyandin) in order to visualize the data flows and relations in interactive spatiotemporal maps.
One first sample of this cooperation can be found at: http://diuf.unifr.ch/people/boyandii/ac/
DCC workshop Stuttgart 2010
International conference of Architetcural competitions Copenhagen 2010
AAG conference Washington 2010
Group Lecture âPolitical Geographyâ 2010
Group Lecture âNew Approachesâ 2010
Geocolloquium, March 2010, University of Friborug (together with Jan Silberberger)
Conference Constructing Knowledge / Das Wissen der Architektur 2009 Aachen
AESOP workshop Manchester 2009
Group lecture EPFL 2009
AESOP conference Thessaloniki 2008