Díaz Moreno/García Grinda
The studio diazmoreno garciagrinda cultivates a contemporary, plural, non-dogmatic, social-culturally engaged and optimistic approach, while believing in the necessity of radically expanding the fundamentals of architecture.
Working as a laboratory and experimental office focused on the entangled relations between architecture and the urban, rather than as a conventional academic design studio, we strongly support a change of paradigm that could challenge the separation of our discipline from the reality surrounding it. Therefore, our grounded and precise, yet experimental, methodologies are fully engaged with the deep study of specific situations and realities, and privilege the multiplicity and richness of sources and tools at play.
The ambition of the studio diazmoreno garciagrinda is to define architecturally new, radical, and truly contemporary models of beauty, based on and compatible with those immediate and expanded contexts.
We look forward to incorporating skillful and talented designers into our working team who are willing to expand their conceptual, theoretical, methodological and practical toolsets in order to become future independent practitioners with the intellectual goal of being able to shape the future field, nature and tools of architecture.
Our mission is to engage transformations in contemporary culture and technology with architectural innovation in order to create new spatial experiences and building types. Our vision is to educate designers as thought leaders representing civic society and a quality sustainable built environment.
Our teaching is located at the spatial and material intersection of the digital and the physical. We combine technical expertise with cultural awareness to secure the relevance of our students in the field of architecture for decades to come. From a position of rigorous dialogue with historic architectural precedents we are in exchange with parallel disciplines of “the applied arts” as are uniquely present at the Angewandte Vienna.
In the last decade, the studio has taught a variety of skills to our students including: building-scale robots such as moving rooms and transforming envelopes; augmented reality integrated with architectural spaces, models, and methods of construction; vertical transportation and the integration of micro-mobility devices into and around buildings; machine vision applied to autonomous movement of furniture and fixtures in buildings; machine learning by training design software on images of architectural plans and elevations; and pedestrian, vehicular, and air circulation simulation and as well as game software as a design medium.
All of these technological methods are accompanied by critical responses to changes in the way that people occupy buildings such as communal complexes and office sharing; move with transportation such as ride hailing and vehicle sharing; shop for goods and groceries such as online purchasing fulfilled with both in-store pick-up, curbside pick-up or delivery; and use living, dining and office spaces that demand/facilitate social distancing and outdoor air circulation.
Hani Rashid’s research and design studio at the University of Applied Arts Vienna focuses primarily on educating future architects on conceptual, pragmatic, and intelligent design approaches in architecture. Essential to the studio’s approach is the questioning of architecture’s role in contemporary culture and society. In recent years there has been a greater emphasis placed on sustainable and environmentally focused design issues, particularly those incorporating cutting-edge technologies, to design new building types and radical conceptual approaches to making architecture. Also key to the pedagogical model is a reliance and critique of historically relevant models and methodologies, especially those that probe the essential questions of design excellence and design innovation. The preoccupations that are often explored in the studio curriculum include the atmospheric, the optical, the phenomenological, and other attributes and conditions that allow for practical and innovative design solutions and proposals. To achieve these goals, there is an emphasis on utilizing both physical and digital modeling while also employing computer-aided design methodologies, including scripting, animation, AI, and machine learning.