Curated through open call and double-blind review, ADR18 had the aim of presenting design research from a wide variety of built environment fields including: architecture, landscape, interior and urban environments; as well as illustrating a spectrum of mediums used and motivations for the research to be carried out. Despite this broad curatorial approach, a unifying theme of the exhibition can be seen though a consideration of the way processes of ‘making’ become tools through which design research can be conducted. This produces an array of physical manifestations in the form of objects, drawings, models, video, sound work, installation and performance. These artefacts in turn function as bearers of design research knowledge,1 positioning research through design as an agent of critical inquiry into the built environment.
While many of the works have shared mediums and approaches to ‘making’, their motivations for carrying out the research are multivalent, and have been loosely categorised into three sections. The first are design research projects that critically evaluate the discipline of design: in relation to politics, by creating performative places or shifting engagement with modes of representation. The second are design research projects that focus on advancing digital fabrication and form-making. The third are the creation of design works that are concerned with environmental issues, urban densification and modes of living.
Curated by Sarah Breen Lovett, Rachel Couper & Ivana Kuzmanovska.
Exhibition design by Ivana Kuzmanovska.
ADR18 convened by Professor Mathew Aitchison & Sarah Breen Lovett