The last ten years of “AAVS Seoul” as the theme of “Social Algorithms” oscillated between site-driven research, which unveils Seoul as an actual city, and computational design experiments under the diverse algorithmic processes. This 2023 summer, we are trying to do a little step up based on accumulated experiences, titled as one theme, “Evolution,” explaining life’s diversity and exquisiteness by differentiated survival and breeding in ‘Nature selection.’ Humans have evolved with adaptations and variations through social rituals, systems, and machines, and architecture has been a crucial role in this process as an essential part of social systems. Therefore, we would like to experiment with how architecture is related to human evolution in social systems and machines.
In 2023, methodological experiments are mainly conducted through two perspectives: finding the ‘Phenotype’ by investigating the social and spatial structure within life forms from the actual city of Seoul, developing a system from a hypothetical social rule set, and discovering the ‘Genotype’. There will be two units with independent briefs, methods, seminars, and specific workshops for each perspective, and lecture series will accompany them to develop the theme of AAVS Seoul. In the future, Methodological experimentation will expand into architectural argument debate over the years.