ARCH: Emergency Architecture

METHOD / Research the problem, fast design of the architectural solution. TECHNIQUE / Collage, sketches, drawings, visualisation, physical model. AIMS / To research and design an emergency architecture in chosen context. STRENGTHS / Understanding the need for a shelter in different emergency contexts and situations (refugee, natural disasters, homeless). Creating a possible scenarios and solution. Wroclaw University of Science […]

ARCH: Texture, Rhythm, Pattern.

METHOD Understanding the historical dynamics and characteristic features of the urban built heritage and the interaction with its dwellers in the process of developing a personal interpretation of the city through the eye of the camera. TECHNIQUE Students will use their camera in the exploration of urban patterns, textures, visual rhythm, contrasts,  contextual interrelations and […]

ARCH: Public adaptive reuse

CONTENT / The church of Bethlehem was built in 1959 by German architect Joachim Matthaei and is considered as a prime examples of northern German post-war modernism architecture. Desacred in 2005 the former church building houses a kindergarten since 2011. The award-winning transformation was planned by Stoelken and Schmidt architects. While interior fit out and open […]

ARCH: Machinery Landscapes

METHOD Search for machine aesthetics as a system, create an imaginary landscape based on machinery and make a collective landscape. TECHNIQUE A collective landscape based on machinery will be produced by drawings and collages. AIMS To encourage to look at architecture from another perspective, to enhance critical and relational thinking, to empower collective work. STRENGTHS […]

ARCH: Reuse / Retake – Democratic Architecture

METHOD Reinterpreting the notion of architecture through reuse of existing buildings and areas. TECHNIQUE Through exploration of existing and underused buildings and areas in the city we would like to discover new infinite places reinterpreting the notion of commons in the EU cities. AIMS To reflect on the role of the architecture and explore new […]

ARCH: Discovering place through unfamiliar language

METHOD Storytelling – interpreting place through imagination and language. TECHNIQUE Through using the rhythm, tone and intonation of language explain and question place in words from language(s) you are not familiar with. AIMS To use languages and words that students are not familiar with to create a story that helps a listener to read a place, even if that listener does not ‘speak’ the language. […]

ARCH: Build the emptiness

METHOD / Thinking and seeing at emptiness as a design strategy that supports the construction of a place. TECHNIQUE / Emptiness is a tool and a method of experimentation that allows the identification of strategies that improve a physical place that human can occupy spiritually. AIMS / Working from a context that reaffirms the importance of emptiness in […]

ARCH: Psychoanalysis of creativity 3 Path to the library

METHOD Analyses & Self-reflection on different creativity styles.  Based on 3 frameworks of design. 3 pre-recorded  lectures about theory of creativity and workshops will be given as base for the exercise. TECHNIQUE First week will be desiccated to production of fast ideas, drawings/sketches based on theory and workshops. Second week will be dedicated to refine […]

ARCH: treatment

METHOD Students will work around the possibility of transforming urban space and its perception and imagining the shape of the public space. TECHNIQUE All techniques of urban project are allowed. AIMS regenerating / redeveloping the undecided or degraded spaces of the historic city. STRENGTHS Students and teachers from different cultural areas of the project disciplines […]

ARCH: graphic anthropology

METHOD Use drawing as a tool to understand the experiences of people in place. TECHNIQUE Build a relationship with a participant in the neighbourhood you are studying and make a series of drawings of their experiences/stories/histories. AIMS To challenge the generic idea of ‘the user’ by understanding the nuanced and complex experiences of people in […]

ARCH: before me, the deluge

METHOD Identify and analyse the topographic condition you would like to work with in response to the brief (eg: land that becomes an island, land/water edge, open water). TECHNIQUE Through models, physical and digital, develop ways of dealing with unpredictable water levels to propose a structure for shelter, be it attached to land and responsive […]

ARCH: cognitive mapping

METHOD Mappings (hybrid drawings). TECHNIQUE Through models, physical and digital, develop ways of dealing with unpredictable water levels to propose a structure for shelter, be it attached to land and responsive or amphibious or buoyant… AIMS To appreciate cognitive mapping as a tool that assigns preferences, determines attitudes and predicts possibilities. STRENGTHS To transcend the […]

ARCH: architectural cornerstones

CONTENT / The corner plays a very special role in any architectural scale. From the micro to the macro. It is the boundary of architectural spaces, both inside and outside. Corners define places and transitions; they mark beginnings and ends. Corners are the exceptions of any rule. However, the corner has, for a long time […]

ARCH: spatial agency: a detail

CONTENT / Architectural details are often seen or even reduced to tools for solving technical issues and other things related to construction. Or they are described in relation to architectural styles. But what happens when we look at the detail and use the detail as a form of spatial agency? Agency has to do with […]

ARCH: inside outside – contaminating architecture and landscape

CONTENT / Today, architecture, public spaces, gardens and landscapes are experiencing moments of contamination like never before seen in the history of these disciplines. Probably, during the Renaissance and soon after, major projects such as Versailles brought together the disciplines of architecture and landscape, creating physical connections and visual relationships between garden spaces and the […]

ARTS: moving bodies – on art and walking

CONTENT / In this workshop we will explore different approaches and methods in relation to moving and sensing bodies. We will look briefly at how artist and thinkers have used walking as a means to think, create and converse different terrains. Together we will examine how walking in certain situations affects our knowledge, that we […]

ARCH: housing Europe – challenging sameness

CONTENT Housing forms the rooms, neighborhoods and cityscapes of our everyday lives. Housing is where our most personal happiness and societal well-being originate and find their expression. Simultaneously housing illustrates personal dramas and social ills. The Question of Housing (referring to Engels, Friedrich: Zur Wohnungsfrage. Leipzig, 1872) is increasingly reduced to the phenomena of the […]

ARCH: rivers – ecological, economic, cultural & ideological links between faraway lands – living connectors.

CONTENT / Once hugely determinant in the development of shoreside urban areas, the evolution of city structure, and vital in the survival of the local communities, the role and hence the appreciation of urban riverfronts largely diminished, somewhere in the last century. With the development of infrastructure and the general social and economic transformations, rivers […]

ARCH: the ‘review of reviews’

CONTENT  This workshop is for students who want to overcome a worry about presenting design work It is deliberately designed to be relaxed and to build confidence   The architectural review is ritual in education in which the student presents work to academics in  public for legitimisation but which research has shown to be a frightening […]

ARCH: pop up

CONTENT / In the Cambridge Dictionary “to pop-up” means to appear or happen, especially suddenly or unexpectedly. This word is also used to describe a shop, restaurant, etc. that operates temporarily and only for a short period when it is likely to get a lot of customers. Similarly, like a three-dimensional folding object that suddenly […]

ARCH: homeland miniatures: a collective digital travelbook

CONTENT / In architectural education, one of the most common and universal representation technique is central perspective which was discovered during Renaissance period. The rational world that Renaissance offered us helps to create a universal language in the field of architecture and enables to represent our thoughts on space so as to create a dialog […]

ARCH: evolution of forgotten – ignored wisdoms

CONTENT / The rapid developments of the urban realms and the monstrous evolution of the socioeconomic systems together with the invading globalization deprived the people from the sustainable way of living which was forged by local conditions through the centuries. The workshop will revisit existing, forgotten or lost worlds and traditions or vernacular architecture not […]

ARCH: architectural narrative – event

„Dancing and architecture are the two primary and essential arts. The art of dancing stands at the source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building, or architecture, is the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person; and in the end they unite.” Havelock […]

ARCH: permissive city

CONTENT / In many cities, globalisation has contributed to the emergence of new urban environments which, over very short periods of time, have replicated similar and homogenous spaces, evacuated public ownership, erased local singularities and produced what may be defined as a generic and franchised city. Most of these cities retain urban environments developed on […]

ARCH: treatment

CONTENT / In many different ways, European cities have suffered a common fate: the compulsive increase in buildings, the financialization of the real estate market, the enslavement of urban space to cars. Despite the diversity of individual national events, these are the distinctive traits of the contemporary city that have left on the ground portions […]

ARTS: maps of memory (places of remembrance)

CONTENT / TO COME IN CONTACT with ourselves and with our to have become through lifetime (bonnländer 2019): Places of Remembrance – A practical experiment to reconstruct memories through developing a city map People who suffer from dementia, for example Alzheimer’s, suffer from memory loss. Events that occurred long ago, but which can be emotionally […]