Cosmic Dust – science performance lab for Imperial Festival
Students have been invited to design a temporary structure that will enable Imperial College Scientists to communicate their specific area of research to the public in an engaging and memorable way.
The building, scientists and science will be required to perform in order to communicate scientific research. This project encourages the reframing of ideas through performance. Continuing on Polyark 4 Fun Palace trajectory, time and movement are central to this project.
Architectural design is explored through creative processes. This requires the attainment of knowledge – in this case client research, scientific research, performance research, programme, location, environment, temporary construction techniques – in order to give value to design decisions. We believe that serious ‘play’, working in a wide range of materials and experimenting with different construction processes, will enable the design process to keep developing, often in surprising directions. Design work is the result of the synthesis of research and play, which will enable students (with fellow student and tutor feedback) to evaluate decisions, develop and refine design proposals.