METEORA IS THE DESIGN STUDIO OF THE CHAIR OF DIGITAL ARCHITECTONICS (HOVESTADT) AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE OF ETH ZÜRICH.
THE STUDIO WORKS ON THE IDEA THAT A SUBSTANTIAL UNDERSTANDING OF TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY (INTERNET OF THINGS, BIG DATA, MACHINE INTELLIGENCE …) CHANGES THE PERSPECTIVE TO ARCHITECTURAL THEORY AND WILL RESULT IN DIFFERENT ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS.
METEORA 02 – CHAMBERS OF ARGUMENTS – FREIHAUS
IT IS VIOLENT OUT THERE.
ALL ARGUMENTS DEAD.
TRUMP VS GRETA.
FAKES VS ATTITUDE.
TERROR VS TYRANNY.
EVERYTHING IS SCIENCE.
YOU CAN’T IMPROVE BY DOING BETTER.
FREIHAUS IS A QUIET PLACE IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY, MOSCOW, BUENOS AIRES, ZÜRICH.
FREIHAUS LIKES YOUR INTELLECT.
YOUR ARE SAFE IN THE FREIHAUS, IF YOU ARGUE AND DO NOT SHOUT.
FREIHAUS KNOWS EVERYTHING. NOTHING LEAVES THE FREIHAUS: NO TEXT, NO IMAGE, NO THING, NO MONEY, NO SOUND … NO NOTHING, BUT YOU.
ON TEXT [ICHNOGRAPHIA]
ON THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF OUR PLANET
ON THE TALKS OF THE CHAMBERS
Text sets the stage.
Text is a face of an architectural crystal.
Text is a compass, a direction in architectural design, a seed for a Freihaus.
Text comes from the plenty, from a library in love with architecture and thinking.
Xenotheka is the library.
Xenotheka talks if one asks a question.
Xenotheka is as smart as the question.
Xenotheka hosts books and concepts. They are alive.
Write together with prominent architects, philosophers and scientists.
Write by texting with more than 1000 books.
Write in someone else’s terms.
Write with Xenotheka.
Freihouse goes beyond clichés.
Freihouse’s constitution doesn’t resolve, but is written in different resolutions.
Freihouse’s chambers keep concepts and arguments alive.
Freihouse hosts talks sanctioned by the public.
ON IMAGES [ORTHOGRAPHIA]
ON THE AWARENESS OF OUR WORLD
ON THE DREAMS OF THE LAST NIGHT
Episode two LISTENS to the talks of the Freihaus and SHOWS the chambers’ fictions, anxieties, and desires, in FULL COLORS. It deals with millions of images and movie clips curious about architecture, to construct PANORAMIC VIEWS and SHORT MOVIES.
The panoramas of DREAMS show everything that the FREIHAUS knows, collapsed. Dreams are the distinguishable noise of places, objects, and actions. They are one leap away from rationality and specificity. The panoramas of ICONS show the resemblances of the chamber’s anxieties and desires, bright and sharp. Icons are provocations of outrage and fortune, of melancholia and sanguinity. Their generosity engenders the talks that the FREIHAUS is to host. The ATLASES show the constitution of the FREIHAUS, in colors. They are navigable arrangements with names and borders, with lands and seas. They cover the world and set the fertile ground for discussion. SHORT MOVIES are linear paths drawn on the panoramas. They take us on a journey where moods are set, objects distinguished and actions take place.
ON MODELS [SCENOGRAPHIA]
ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HOUSE
ON THE ARCHITECTONICS OF THE CHAMBERS
Episode 3 focuses on the composition of an architectural model that looks both at and through the Panoramas from the first two episodes. The scenography here acts as an Approximation Demontablé consisting of many possible renderings, the composure of which comes from the projective streams between that which is heard, and that which is seen.
a play with toys, games, and tools.
a play of textures, models, and styles.
a play is painted (elements), assembled (objects), and sculpted (faces).
the Construction of Scenes characterising the Chambers.
the Construction of a Facade characterising the Freihaus in the City.
the Construction of Axonometries characterising the Constitution of the Chambers within the Freihaus.
the Sculpted Face of the Freihaus.
the Sculpted Face of the Project.
the Sculpted Face of the Persona.