Hear from Muge Belek and Frederico Fialho of [f]FLAT at the fourth session of the 2017 UQ Architecture lecture series.

[f]FLAT Architectures was established in 2003 by Muge Belek and Frederico Fialho as a research platform for architectural and media art. The stage provides the ground to develop works with the emphasis on transvergent methodologies and techniques in design. In reaction to a world built on concepts, [f]FLAT uses percepts and affects as an extended mode of relating to space.

The ongoing research aims to assess novel constructs, in which pancomputational strategies generate multimodal spaces as design propositions.

With strong links to academia, [f]FLAT consciously aims to transfer the research into practice bypassing disciplinary design structures in the constant pursuit of innovation.

Read our Q+A with Muge and Frederico:

Tell us a little about your background, and what originally led you to architecture?

We are both architecture graduates however what led us to architecture were distinct factors. For Muge the driving force was the interest in acoustics, as her father is a mechanical engineer and her mother is an architect. For Fred, it was an interest in arts and their spatial expressions, coupled with an interest on computers.

Can you give us a little insight into what a normal work day looks like for you?

It’s basically around the university and it generally ranges between design lectures or studios and research projects.

What are some daily office rituals or habits you employ to enhance your productivity and creativity?

Mostly lots of tea…Also we try to put ourselves in discomfort zones, both physically and mentally, the state of discomfort pushes the boundaries of conventional thinking.

What principles inform your work?

Design Beyond Disciplines

Where do you go for design inspiration?

Art galleries, nature walks, science museums and of course lots of books and research papers.

What has been a career highlight for you so far?

AA, Zaha Hadid Architects and Fellowships at the University of California.

Which Australian or international architecture people, practices, designers or similar do you admire?

Zaha Hadid, Lebbeus Woods, Frederick Kiesler; there’s a tendency for certain experimental people, practices or designers

What are your top five favourite design books?

Experimental Architecture by Lebbeus Woods

Cyber Reader by Neil Spiller

Evolutionary Architecture by J. Frazer

Creative Code by J. Maeda

Spaces speak are you listening by Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter

What can attendees to UQ Architecture lecture series expect to hear and see?

Attendees will attend a lecture on experimental architectural processes beyond disciplinary constraints.

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