Lars Hoglund - Research by Design - getting side-tracked
- Title: Lars Hoglund - Research by Design - getting side-tracked
- Author: Lars Hoglund
- Date: 31.05
- Tags: architecture, lecture, workshop
Architects work for a client with a set goal. In the creative process ideas flourish that doesn´t relate to the project at hand. These ideas are at best put into a drawer and forgotten. What happens when we follow the idea and forget the client?
Research by Design is a way of working with the aesthetic process. To design and more importantly to see what is there. It is a way to follow ones inspiration into the unknown. The basic part is the act of production, during which everything may be re-formulated. The hard part is the understanding of what has been created, to formulate it and to find ways of continuation.
The simple rule is that every idea must be followed up until its end. This process will create a branching map where some ideas split apart, some are lost in dead-ends, others join again or with ideas from other directions.
The architectonic process is a great breeding ground for ideas. Any project is a great catalyst in which to be side-tracked. The project, however, does not come first. The project is puny and static in relation to the power of one great idea.
Butong was created in 2009 as a direct continuation of my exam work at Chalmers, school of architecture. The material is the result of years of failed experiments and agony. My investigation started as a re-search into how the feeling of depth could be created in thin layers of material. With my lecture I want to inspire students and practitioners in the field of architecture and design to follow their fascinations and to dive into the unknown.
(Our process enables us to create 3D shaped translucent or transparent concrete. I will visit Belgrade at the end of March and will investigate the opportunity to carry out a workshop/installation at that time. Otherwise I will be happy to hold a lecture on Research by Design and Butong.)
Lars Höglund was trained as an architect in Gothenbourg Sweden and worked for three years at White Architects in Uppsala. A project worth mentioning during these years is the transformatorstation in the same city. In 2009 Lars grew tired of the office life and took a year off. In the end of the same year he founded Butong AB that is still in its dynamic start-up phase, but is being approached by multinational companies in various fields. Butong has made a name through interesting projects with great stories. Lars has since 2011 a part time teaching position at the Architecture School at the Royal Institute of technology in Stockholm.