Coursebooks 2018-2019

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Studio MA1 (Geers)

AR-401(c)

Lecturer(s) :

Geers Kersten

Language:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remarque

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Summary

Through the notion of classicism, we want to investigate the possibility of architecture to reinstate the common cultural identity.

Content

Schinkel Reverse

Last year the Sangallo clique brought us to Rome. What started as `Trouble with Classicism' ended as a hypothesis on the architecture of the `first architectural practice' in central Italy. The radical pragmatism of Antonio Sangallo the Younger gave the elegant travails of his ancestors perspective. The result was not only another Sangallo, but perhaps also a wider more pragmatic (even tongue-in-cheek) classicism. More improvisation and survival than bravado. More entrepreneurial manoeuvre than abstract poetry. We coined it `Conventional Wisdom'.

This year we will go to Naples and Berlin, with Schinkel as our guide. If last years enterprise tried to make `classicism' pragmatic, this year we hope to understand how a romantic obsession with the south could make it if not `urban', at least territorial. With the building of the Neue Pavilion as an alibi Schinkel was sent to Italy, twice. The accumulation of ideas, urban and landscape elements being inspiration for the endless permutations and transformations of both Berlin and  Potsdam, thus turning these places into veritable laboratories. The nascent `royal' neo classicism by Vanvitelli and others provided the perfect reference for `welt bildung' in Prussia, but similarly the vernacular casual structures were the perfect reference for a invented `italianism', which ultimately became the basis for the creation of Siam in Charlottenburg, as a parallel universe of building and landscape. 

Schinkel's projects themselves serve as a architectural parallel universe to the political aims of contemporary Prussia, Well documented as they are they here serve merely as a point of reference. Few real discoveries are expected to be made. The density of Architecture is both intimidating and opaque. Schinkel's objects in reality however, tell another story, the space in between (the buildings) serves a the necessary prerequisite for an architecture of only intentions. 

The architecture of accumulation thus creates a landscape through accumulation, and through strategically conquering space. Not surprisingly this particular relationship between space and built matter has been an important element in Ungers' own Schinkel obsession/fascination, serving -through his project of the urban villa - as a parallel universe to the conceptual abolishment of everything `unnecessary' in the `green archipelago'. Could Schinkel's `densified ensembles' serve as a model for suburban semi organisation through controlled casualness?  In Ungers' reading even mid twenty century Berlin still shared the `soul' of Schinkel's urban project. 

But where did that soul come from? It is easy to connect the architecture of Schinkel's Italian trip to his own architectural endeavours. More interesting perhaps is to understand the spatial complexes. A place where classicism is born both out of high baroque and elegant (and perhaps showy) vernacular could easily serve as the base for a perverted landscape classicism.

So if next two semesters we do Schinkel by doing everything but himself. First we scan and document Italian architecture that makes Schinkel's own, only to use Ungers in the second semester to activate its suburban potential. Reverse Schinkel and you get an urban catalyst.

Keywords

Form, difficult whole, the even covering of the field, Roman Architecture, Europe, Conventional Wisdom, Trouble With Classicists, Architecture Without Content.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

UE N : Art et architecture: construire l'image I (Schaerer)

De la structure à l'ornement (Picon)

Visions et Utopies (Braghieri)

Recommended courses

UE N : Art et architecture: construire l'image II (Schaerer)

Architecture autonome (Lampariello)

Architecture et construction de la ville I et II (Gilot)

Projets métaphoriques : d'Archizoom à Koolhaas (Gargiani)

Urbanisme en Asie (Ferrari/Graezer-Bideau)

Urbanisme et territoires (Romany).

Caractères architecturaux et urbanismes de l'Islam. (Gachet)

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

The students acquire the capacity of working alone and in small groups.

The teaching activity will develop through lectures, specific workshops and table work.

Lectures by external lecturers will address specific topics.

Students will present their work every second week in a public pin up session.

Assessment methods

'Intermediate sessions (35 %). Final sessions (65%).

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Websites

In the programs

    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      13
    • Subject examined
      Studio MA1 (Geers)
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      13
    • Subject examined
      Studio MA1 (Geers)
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • AR Exchange, 2018-2019, Autumn semester
    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      13
    • Subject examined
      Studio MA1 (Geers)
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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