WS 22/23


Design Studio: Studio Raum

To live means to go from one space to another.
(Georges Perec)

Our everyday life is spatial. Our daily routines and actions unfold in space and create space. In Studio Space I, you will engage with your everyday routines and your everyday environment as an intertwining of space-using, space-perceiving, and space-creating actions and experiences. The seemingly familiar, the familiar, and the habitual evaporate in favor of spaces of possibility to be rediscovered and redesigned. As students of architecture, you will move from being creatures of habit and routinizers to discoverers and designers of the surprising in the everyday.


Exercise: Grundlagen der Entwurfslehre / Gebäudeanalyse

In the context of the exercise that accompanies the lecture series "Grundlagen der Entwurfslehre" you will analyze a selection of architecturally and historically relevant buildings. The aim of the exercise is to examine built architectural references from different epochs under specific aspects such as spatial structure as well as functional arrangement and to present and representthem in form of drawings and models.





Design Studio: Architectural Bastards

Architectural discourse has largely presented itself through dialectic of right and wrong (less or more, rural or urban, classical or modern, conceptual or contextual, global or local...). If on the one hand this dialectic worked well as a communicative stunt, it certainly limited the wealth of architectural opportunities at the same time.

Today we ask ourselves if this dialectic straight jacket is still useful or if, in a world full of contradictions, we should not leave behind the notion of architectural friends and enemies.

Perhaps the most radical choice is precisely that of not taking sides - or actually taking both sides at the time.

Perhaps the encounter of what was not destined to meet, can generate an “architectural bastard” in the historic sense of the term freed from compositional dogmas and ideological strains (the term wasn’t seen as a stigma until the late 1500s).

The studio will be an exploration of a post-dichotomic design methodology. Each student will explore a design attitude and vocabulary based on the encounter of two architectural antagonists.

Will this result in a radical synthesis, in an unexpected hybrid or just in a compromising truce? Will there be beauty without clear right or wrong?


Seminar: Soft Core

As part of the research project "Typologische Resilienz", we are investigating the potential of converting vacant office buildings to residential use. Last semester, we focused on the transfer of suitable dwelling types into machine-readable grammar. Along with the apartment types, the typologies and elements of access are the second important component we need to transfer. In the Soft Core seminar, we systematically analyze their adaptability and limitations. The result of the seminar is a catalog of spatial and structural parameters that makes it possible to systematically describe the adaptability of typologies and elements of access.