Field Station Studio is a local node in the international fieldstations network, initiated by Corneel Cannaerts & Michiel Helbig in 2016. The fieldstations networks explores new models for architecture prompted the Anthropocene and the technosphere. The studio focuses on the agency of emerging technologies and phenomena, and their impact on the culture and practice of architecture and the environment in which we operate as architects.
The built environment is only one layer in the stack that makes up the environments we inhabit, it is influenced by other material and immaterial layers, and it contributes to larger economic, material, environmental, informational, infrastructural and technological systems. We see this stack, or technospchere, this constantly changing, layered and hybrid environment, as the expanded field in which architecture operates. We think that architects should be aware of the impact and potential of this complex reality of today and proactively engage with it, rather than passively waiting for design briefs and projects.
Field Station Studio functions as an Academic Design Office, it coördinates a master design studio and elective courses at the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture. We propose an explorative architectural design studio, aiming to investigate the potential of architecture as a medium to disrupt, explore and raise questions, rather than solving them. For every edition of the master dsign studio we introduce a topic and starting point that reflects urgencies and emerging phenomena, within the technosphere.
The Master Studio combines explorative research with hands-on architectural design exercises, field trips and workshops, providing a platform for students to develop their own interests, skills and projects within the proposed topics. Field Station Studio trains students in taking position within contemporary fields and provides them with a platform for developing their future practice. Our weapons of choice are design fiction, spatial narratives, speculative media, imagineering, hacking and critical making.
Field Station Studio also organises two elective courses for Master Students; Computation & Materiality and Cinematic Architecture. These courses explore similar topics related as the Master Design Studio and train students in computational, narrative and time-based design media.
Besides teaching, Field Station Studio also produces works in collaboration with practitioners from different fields and by exploring several media. These projects aim to translate and consolidate our academic research.