Structuring irregularity: Waste as the driving force of design / Designs for a Cooler Planet

Gengmu Ruan*, Günther H. Filz, Gerhard Fink

*Corresponding author for this work

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The photography project “Structuring Irregularity” is a documentary photography work in parallel with an on-going doctoral research “Timber-only Structures and Architecture”. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the doctoral research, which aims to bring together engineering (ENG) and architecture (ARTS), different perspectives – more scientific in ENG and more artistic in ARTS – need to be integrated and practiced in the process. To deliver the knowledge gained and the lessons learned during the process to the public, various approaches are considered, including publishing the findings in international journals, participating in international conferences and organizing exhibitions, etc. Apart from the research contributions, which will be published as a doctoral dissertation, we are carrying out a photography project that aims to, visually and artistically, unveil the practical process of the doctoral research in a more poetic narrative.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherAalto University & Helsinki Design Week
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2023
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
EventHelsinki Design Week: Designs for a Cooler Planet - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 6 Sept 20236 Oct 2023

Field of art

  • Contemporary art
  • Architecture
  • Design


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