Research Line 3

The Binomial Aesthetics-Technology and the Concept of the Anthropocene

What would the possibilities be for our environment’s continuous development and evolution following the implementation of creativity, technique, and learning processes to problem-solving and improvement through design? Intriguing problems drive creativity and the development of methods to overcome the limits of ideas and thinking, which involves searching for greater understanding, knowledge, and, above all, a better 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 that took place were determinants for the consequences of global industrial action affecting the new direction toward a green economy.

There is a critical examination of the various theoretical and methodological approaches to aesthetics in this context, intended to deepen architecture, art, and research design issues. Furthermore, there is an examination of artistic creation, considering its integration into current affairs. Art and design are perceived as a social phenomenon, meaning, and materiality within creative solutions. The investigation method treats the creative production in cognitive processes based on successive technological revolutions. The central theme is binomial aesthetics-technology 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 due to 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 the consequently innovative ideas acquire a new status in actuality. The focus is on aesthetic analysis and implementation of art, architecture, and design. The architectural space is analyzed in terms of social environments. To this aim, media presence shall be addressed based on the algorithmic rule, which directs society toward a significant change concerning space and time for 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 the complex environmental transformation, but it is understood that architecture and design play a significant role both in causing and solving it. Among several designs or architectural projects related to new technologies, some proposals shall be developed in this research line, which focuses on transforming individual values and cultural patterns in society to promote sustainable development globally.