Through productive means, the research-creation project proposes to investigate the qualities, biases and benefits inherent in specific contemporary technological modes of creation. In order to 'unpack' the nature of these processes, it is necessary to put the tools and techniques to test through the dual mechanicnism of research and creationto render them the object of inquiry as opposed to the neutral means of production.
Methodology (n.) the sum of the methods, tools and techniques employed in the manifestation of a work, understood as inextricable from the work itself in their capacity to shape and inform creation, (as opposed to a 'means to an end' scenario).
Models (n.) are regarded as epistemological tools that aim to offer an understanding of the phenomena that they model (v.). A model is a particular relative to other particulars that emphasizes the creative possibility of fabricative means of creation.
In the inventive world of artifice (beyond mere 'problem solving'), it is impossible to practically separate the 'how' from the 'what' or 'why'. Rather, through crafting an understanding of contemporary methodologies as 'paradigms', which are constitutive and imply the formation of possible and impossible worlds, this project will critically address the methodologies of our time beyond the attempt to merely classify, organize and represent. The methodologies will be modeled.
The outcomes of the research-creation project will: 1) give a urgently needed critical and in-depth understanding of the various methodologies, techniques, tools confronting the discipline of architecture today; 2) lend invaluable insight to our understanding as to how and for the sake of what new technologies are transforming the creative process in architecture and its determining role in shaping our built environment.
Demonstrative (adj.) 'serving as example' where the relation of the model to other work is 1) open-ended (i.e., one is not subsumed within the generalizing law of the other); 2) it is definitively not 'data manipulation' acting autonomously and of its own authority. This intentional understanding of the model as a particular relative to other particulars emphasizes both the creative possibility of fabricative means but does so within the wider ethical dimension of accountability.