Architecture for Society of Knowledge: ASK the BOX

Architecture for Society of Knowledge is an international Master’s Degree Program conducted in English. It was introduced at the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology in 2010. The program focuses on social and cultural issues, taking advantage of new technologies. Students explore the modern ways of design, as well as innovative methods of communication and fabrication that are the foundation of the XXI century architectural practice.

Recent Project | ASK the BOX Experimental design courses are specific ASK activities. Workshop studios, team work, and individual projects focus on research aspects of architectural education.

Experimental Design 2, led by PhD Jan Slyk, from 4.04 to 15.04.2011 aimed to create and develop interactive space. A 1:1 scale installation was built to allow real-scale shaping, using spatial and programming tools.

The designed pavilion is digitally recording and interpreting the presence and movement of people, who are inside, and processes the effects to acoustics signals. The entire project was implemented with the involvement of minimum technical and financial resources, which was one of the challenges posed to the students.

More about this program, after the break.

The inner layer of the pavilion has been designed according to the registered activity of users. The shape is contoured so as to provoke interaction by different behaviors. The installation uses a mechanism of projection. People, who are in the pavilion, move between the light source and the fabric, on which the shadows are cast. The camera located behind the pavilion captures image, which is then transmitted to computer that controls the whole system. Program written by the participants allows the redefinition of shades-sensitive fields, which then turn on and off the composed music tracks and manage the stream of generated sounds.

During the fortnight workshop participants were split into five groups: Sculptors, Builders, Developers, Composers and Coordinators. The teams carried out their independent tasks and developed together the concept and the final image of the installation.

Tutor: Jan Slyk Assistants: Agata Guzik, Marcin Brzeski, Piotr Kus Students form 2nd Semester of ASK

The ASK Program aims to equip young practicing architects with the formative experience required for: • Active participation in the global architectural knowledge society • Critical interpretation of the creative aspects of design • Collaborative and interdisciplinary practice of architecture. • Architectural research exploring contemporary design technologies and theory.

Application system for new academic year (2011/12) is now open. Application deadline is 30th of June, 2011. For more information please visit:

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "Architecture for Society of Knowledge: ASK the BOX" 09 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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