Le Laboratoire – Une Architecture des Humeurs

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Le Laboratoire is one of the design industry’s most pioneering thinkers. Created by David Edwards and located in Paris’ first arrondissement, Le Laboratoire brings together art and science in a collaborative sense to explore the possibilities of design to create revolutionary products or concepts. The end product is generally eschewed in favour of the creative process itself – the journey of discovery and exploration is often, according to Edwards, more important than the result it fabricates.

With this in mind, Le Laboratoire is currently undergoing a research project/exhibition entitled ‘Une Architecture des Humeurs’, or ‘An Architecture of Moods’, that runs inhouse until 26th April , 2010. In the exhibit, a collaboration between the R&Sie(n) architectural practice and a group of mathematicians, programmers, architects and robotics designers has produced a model by which biological and physiological data, obtained from visitors, is used to conceive designs for housing units and urban plans.

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The participants enter through a signal collection station that monitors levels of mood-altering hormones within the brain. This informs the station about the individuals’ ‘animal reactions’ as well as any signs of stress, pleasure, disinterest or repulsion, which will have an effect on the ensuing design that is produced.

By doing this, Le Laboratoire aim to compose designs based around pure emotional desires, rather than the ideas that can be expressed through potentially limiting methods of conventional communication. Radical concepts such as this have obvious implications within other creative worlds, such as fashion – particularly bespoke tailoring – as what we see in our mind’s eye regarding an ‘ideal’ garment may be difficult to contextualise through language or illustration. Le Laboratoire’s approach would circumvent that problem entirely by tapping straight into our mind processes and letting them do the designing. Now, it seems, anyone can be a designer.

James

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