In this typological elective we will examine the genesis and develop ment of an every day typology we are all familiar with on a number of  conceptual, social, political, spatial and technical levels: the fast food  joint. While seemingly banal and commonplace, this typology has  been instrumental in shaping and defining urban lifestyles and urban  landscapes since the advent of architectural thought. In fact, it is my  suspicion that this typology is a pivotal one in both the shaping of mo dern society and urban thought as well as being an indicator of societal,  political and economic change. 

We will be examining this typology from its earliest beginnings such as  the recently discovered fast food franchise in Pompeii through various  cultures and architectural iterations. We will examine notions of mobi lity, of speed and movability and their implications on social develop ment. We will examine economic and social backgrounds that brought  forth iconic typologies, as well as the changes and implications hese typologies had. We will embrace the multicultural makeup of the DIA  student body to examine and search for similarities and typological  relationships across a wide range of cultural backgrounds. 

In the elective students will research and present a number of case  studies for class discussion, a further result is graphic representation of  the essence of the case study researched. Yes, there will be field trips for  both culinary and architectural exploration! 

The elective will commence with a lecture by Roger Bundschuh outli ning the topic and will be held as a discursive format featuring indivi dual presentations by students. Further lectures by R. Bundschuh will  be held during the elective. As in all Studio Bundschuh electives, we will  

engage as a group in open-ended research, in the pleasure of finding things out! 

This elective goes hand-in-hand with a competition for the realization  of a small fast food kiosk in Berlin. The competition will be published  and discussed in more depth in one of the first classes. While taking  part in the competition is independent from the elective (and entirely  voluntary), it is recommended that participants of the competition avail  themselves of the opportunity to study the typological background of  the competition subject. 

The competition provides a number of (cash) prizes as well as the op portunity for realization of the winning design on a prominently placed  plot in Berlin-Wedding.