Research Line 4

Urban Design, the Aesthetics-Technology Binomial and the Concept of the Anthropocene:

What would the possibilities be for the continuous development and evolution of our environment following the implementation of creativity, techniques, and learning processes for problem-solving and improvement through design? Intriguing problems drive creativity and the development of methods to overcome the limits of ideas and thinking, which involve searching for greater understanding, knowledge, and, above all, a better human capacity to communicate and relate within our environments. What references in the history of design offer support for social and technological development? At the end of the 20th century, the technological transformations were determinants of the consequences of global industrial action affecting the new direction toward a green economy.

A critical examination of the various theoretical and methodological approaches to aesthetics is undertaken in this context, which is intended to deepen architecture, art, and research design issues. Furthermore, an examination of artistic creation that considers its integration into current affairs is also conducted. Art and design are perceived as a social phenomenon embodying meaning and materiality within creative solutions. The investigation method studies the creative production involved in cognitive processes based on successive technological revolutions. The central theme is the aesthetics-technology binomial and involves a critical analysis of technology, artificial intelligence, and [non-]human performance. This technical analysis reflects the cultural, political, economic, and consequent creative unpredictability arising from the new paradigm established at the end of the 20th century––the paradigm that allowed for the development of a new aesthetic. Under these conditions, artworks, architecture, design, and innovative ideas acquire a new status of reality. The focus is on aesthetic analysis and the implementation of art, architecture, and design. The architectural space is analyzed in terms of social environments. To this end, media presence will be addressed based on the algorithmic rule, which is directing society toward a significant change concerning the space and time of concrete visual experiences. Therefore, architecture and design continue to be challenging activities that can transform culture, society, and nature. They are some of the many human actions shaping the world and forcing us to overcome earthly concerns related to the new human condition—the Anthropocene. Many factors influence this complex environmental transformation, but it is understood that architecture and design play significant roles both in causing and solving it. Among several designs or architectural projects related to new technologies, some proposals will be developed in this research line that focus on transforming individual values and cultural patterns in society to promote sustainable development globally.

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