“Hylozoic Ground: Liminal Responsive Architecture”
By Philip Beesley
Responsive architecture has the potential to understand the complex relationships between the human senses and the environment around them and use those relationships as a way to create a building environment that is able to engulf itself with the human being without sacrificing a comfortable living environment.
During the modern era, architecture has become dependent upon mechanical systems that are used in abondance to provide humanity with comfortable living environments. The problem with these systems is that they contradict themselves in a very costly manner. They create a steril environment that does not allow the human being to engulf themselves within the existing environment through architecture because architecture has become too far removed from from the use of phenomenology as a design basis. “The very phenomena that define the human experience are precisely the ones that the building environment is designed to nullify.”
In order to understand how to design a space that the human being can fully interact with, we need to understand the environment around us. In order to do so we need to stop analyzing it. “Reality is what one does not perceive when one perceives it.” There is a need to partly relinquish control “queasiness”. Once we have an understanding of the environment around us, responsive architecture will allow us to design systems that integrate the human need for a comfortable living condition with the phenomenological interaction that has been lost during the modern era. Responsive architecture has the ability to account for the dynamic and ever-changing world around us resulting in spaces that are constantly morphing to suit the needs of the human.
The union of function and form. This is how to create a space that “swallows the human” but in a way that is comfortable. You enter the building “hoping it is kind” and you find that it is. Now, relinquishing control feels good. The ability to perceive without perceiving is achieved and the human can truly begin to react to the environment it resides in.