Building cognition through material engagement

Hugo Mulder*


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With the ascent of robotic architecture in academic discourse, we ought to reconsider how we understand building cognition. This paper revisits the Rietveld Schröder House from 1924 as a precursor of robotic building. With a built-in capacity for change, the building (now a museum and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site) has a highly adaptable space plan that could be continually reconfigured by its occupants. The agency of change is shared between the house and its occupants, most notably Truus Schröder, who lived in the house for 60 years. This paper takes a material engagement approach to explore the relation between the occupant and the house and speculates how this might be a model for designers of contemporary and future robotic architecture to rethink concepts of autonomy and agency in building cognition.

TidsskriftFrontiers of Architectural Research
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)642-652
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2022

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Funding Information:
I would like to thank the reviewers for their constructive feedback on the first version of this paper. I would like to thank Kjell Yngve Petersen for his ideas and Natalie Dubois for granting me access to the archive.

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