Our cities, nay: our lives are dominated by Utilitarianism. Duty, function
and reason rule our world. They shape the face of our cities and our
Yet, we all have something we long for, something we truly desire.
Something that goes beyond the essential, the mere necessity, beyond
the concept of material luxury or creature comforts.
In the studio, we will talk about immaterial, abstract notions. Can we
verbalize and visualize essential (or personal) desires and can these be
translated into the architectural realm? Until very recently, the architectural
translation of the immaterial was amongst the standard repertoire
of architects: ecclesiastic architecture gave materiality to the ephemeral.
18th century english landscape gardens were spatial and material
manifestations of a devoutly wished for linearity of succession of their
owners with the very roots of democracy, of honor, nobility of character
and learning. Our materialistic age has all but abandoned the notion of
architectural production that goes beyond the merely functional, that
ventures into the realm of social and personal idealization.
We will defy this pessimism and propose architectures and architectural
programs which will add the spectre of a brighter, better world into our
cities, treat the urban fabric as a three-dimensional and heavily populated
landscape garden waiting to be dotted with the poetic spaces we insert to
give a glimpse of – if not the ideal – then at the very least the personal
and intimate in the anonymous cityscape.
Together, we will aim to define places and spaces of exquisite beauty, of spatial and poetic
clarity, of, spaces that go far beyond the merely functional, spaces that challenge our
understanding of how living together in a post-pandemic world could perhaps be.
We will research historic precedents of the chosen topic both on a
typological and phenomenological level and formulate an individual
program. Site choice will be urban and individual, though shared sites are encouraged (so
the burden of site research can be shared).
The scale, function and scope of the projects can vary a good deal. It will be highly
individual and will largely depend on the research results. However, the focus of the studio
will definitely be on spatial quality over size. Concepts we will concentrate on are urban
density, the possibilities of public space, phenomenology of gaps, voids and breaks, sound
and silence, etc..
The studio will undertake two excursions, a short, small one (domestic)
in the fall semester and a collectively researched and prepared one in
the spring semester. (Rules allowing, of course)
- Trainer/in HSA: Bundschuh, Roger