825052 EP/6 Design Studio M2: Strange Cities

winter semester 2013/2014 | Last update: 16.10.2013 Place course on memo list
825052
Design Studio M2: Strange Cities
EP 6
12,5
weekly
annually
German

Strange Cities

The intention of the design studio is to take each part of a building serious, and consider each part as being the ground of a city. Every building consists out of many parts. Each part is connected with each other to form a whole. By reassembling the parts of a building to a new whole, the whole turns into a strange city.

 

Disciplinary context

 

In his book “De re aedificatoria” Alberti defines two disciplinary problems. One problem is the relationship between the parts to its whole. For Alberti every part of a building had to scarify its individuality to its whole. The second disciplinary problem defines the whole of a house as a city.

Modernism changed our perspective of the building as a whole. Within the Domus House, Le Corbusier unfolds the idea of a building as the assembly out of parts. The parts do not scarify its individuality towards a whole but rather defines the whole as an assembly of individual parts. The parts are known as the 5 points of a new architecture: the piloties, the free plan, the horizontal window, the hanging façade and the roof garden.

While the form of production changed the mode of buildings, at the same time it changed the form of our city as well. Instead of placing buildings next to each other (baroque ensemble), the city that emerged trough the industrial age becomes the form of a field of freestanding object surrounded by a void space. What has emerged with the freestanding object is that the building becomes the producer of urban spaces within itself. Nicolas Ledoux for example made it possible that you could walk onto, into and underneath the building as well as enter the building by a large hole that cut trough the solid of the building. Le Corbusier has lifted his buildings of the ground so that a space emerged underneath the building while at the same time he reproduced the lost ground as a roof garden. While the garden, one of the 5 elements of a new architecture turned into a urban ground, nearly any part of the building started to become a public space within the 20th century. At the Unite de Habitation for example, the inner corridor turned into a public street. This public corridor became repeated by the street in the air by the Smithson’s, or became a street grid within the mat-building of Candilis/Woods. Within the theorem of the high-rise, every floor is considered to be new ground. In his cemetery in Modena, Aldo Rossi turned the façade into a framework for a public space and Rem Koolhaas OMA project of the Il Jessui library, turned the floors into a continuous ground.

 

The design studio will explore each part of the building as a potential ground for a city. By resembling the parts into a new whole, a strange city emerges, in which every part of a building is taken serious while its new whole is strange, foreign and wired.

 

 

Continuous assessment (based on regular written and/or oral contribution by participants).

Course examination according to § 7, statute section on "study-law regulations"

Graham Harman, the third table ( Der Dritte Tisch)

Benevolo, Der Boden der Stadt.

John Hejduk, The Mask of Medusa.

Peter Trummer, The city as an aggregated object.

 

not applicable

Every Wednesday and Thursday from 1pm-6pm

 

Week 1: phase 1 introduction lecture

week 2: phase 1

week 3: phase 1

week 4: phase 1

week 5: phase 2

week 6: phase 2

week 7: mid term

week 8: phase 2

week 9: phase 2

week 10: phase 3

week 11: phase 3

week 12: phase 3

week 13: phase 3

week 14: mid year review

 

Information under: http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten-servicestelle/standorte/technikerstrasse/studium.html

09.10.2013
Mi. 13:00 - 18:00, Institut
Do. 13:00 - 18:00, Institut
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Date Time Location
Wed 2013-10-09
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-10-16
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-10-23
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-10-30
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-11-06
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-11-13
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-11-20
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-11-27
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-12-04
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2013-12-11
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2014-01-08
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2014-01-15
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2014-01-22
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free
Wed 2014-01-29
13.00 - 18.00 SR Container C121 Städtebau SR Container C121 Städtebau Barrier-free