architect & theoristana vignjević
Dematerialization of architectural form can be understood, in broader sense, as a liberation from traditional ballast of firmness, stability and durability in physical, aesthetical, social and psychological context. In relation to building materials, it can be also interpreted as a property which enables inversion of the archetypical understanding of their application. Traditional approach to materialization of form (as a way of enclosing the shape) is being replaced by a concept of designing (programming) the materiality. The goal of this research, therefore, is to analyze the materials as active, dynamic layers which dematerialize and deny an architectural form, to question this linguistic reciprocity and define the methods by which it is being conceived. Whether it is talked about the strategy of augmenting materiality or a complete lightening of form by applying weightless materials, the result doesn't stop at the decomposition of existing given form. Consequently, the technique of dematerialization is not only related to the process that is used to design materiality, but it also questions what this process is able to generate in a wider context. The final goal of `relieving` is interpreted as the metaphor of disappearing of heaviness from the phenomenon such as materiality, durability, form, as well as creating the completely new and different relations between a building and its environment, between subject and object, body and space.
Msc Thesis, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, mentor dr Vladimir Milenkovic, 2009.