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Studio MA1 (Kueng & Caputo)

AR-401(t)

Lecturer(s) :

Caputo Luigia Francesca Eléni
Kueng Sarah Katrin Brigga

Language:

English

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Summary

The studio engages with the question of how people appropriate their surroundings in private and public space. We analyse our immediate environment and intervene on-site in the urban reality. Through walking, talking and building prototypes in 1:1 we make the architectural draft perceivable.

Content

LA VITA È BELLA examines architecture as an active process to increase quality of life. 

This studio engages with the question of how people appropriate their surroundings in the private and public sphere. By means of built interventions and collective activities, we investigate the space in its proportions and dimensions from the intimate bedroom to the public square. How do we challenge, appropriate, adopt and intervene in this world ? 

We will test these questions in 1:1 prototypes and work on how we can transform our imagination into real life. By analysing the 1:1 draft collectively, we challenge what is common perception and what is individual assumption.

LA VITA È BELLA is the joint attempt to explore design processes. As a collective we face the discomfort of the unknown and map out a critical version of a possible future based on the students' desires. To carry out this research we build prototypes, we walk through the city, we sleep in unknown rooms.

Through sketching, walking, talking and building we acquire knowledge and uncover new potentials and perspectives, which are directly tested in practice through the 1:1 prototype.

 

BUILDING 1:1

With interventions in 1:1, we design on-site prototypes. This methodology results in a dynamic design and continuous testing and leads to a refined concept based on real life.

The potential of the prototype lies in the immediate experience of a spatial concept. Thinking in the prototype as an idea is situated between building and model, reality and representation and calls for a spontaneous but detailed approach.

 

WALKING RESEARCH

Urban initiatives organised by students for students highlight individual interests in the city and landscape. It is a means to start a dialogue inside the group and with the territory we live in. 

 

CRITICAL DIALOGUE

The Studio investigates the idea of collective learning and questioning as a design process. The environment affects our perception, which we express verbally and via other medias.

The collision of different interests creates a versatile, shared memory. Through the receptivity of learning from others and the erasure of personal authorship, unforeseeable, surprising and positively weird things are possible.

The relationship between design authorship and urban appropriation is to be questioned. We transform spaces, question practices and cultivate the dialogue.

 

Every student sleeps during a week in the room of a fellow student. 

 

 

Keywords

Collective Activities, Building, Urban Appropriation, 1:1, Walking, Talking, Approving, Walking, Talking

 

 

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

Critical Thinking

Motivation

Learning Outcomes

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

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Research, Analysis, Concept, Draft, Implementation

 

 

Expected student activities

 

Assessment methods

 

Supervision

Assistants Yes

Resources

Bibliography

Making Air Visible / Far vedere l`aria: A Visual Reader on Bruno Munari, 

by Claude Lichtenstein, Lars Muller Publishers, 2001

In Praise of Shadows, by Junichiro Tanizaki, 1977

Living in Motion: Design and Architecture for Flexible Dwelling, 

by Vitra Design Museum, 2002

Architecture Without Architects. A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed 

Architecture, by Bernard Rudofsky, 1987

Nomadic Furniture, by James Hennessey, 1973

Ettore Sottsass - Adesso però, by Ettore Sottsass, Hatje Verlag, 1993

 

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In the programs

    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      13
    • Subject examined
      Studio MA1 (Kueng & Caputo)
    • 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 (Kueng & Caputo)
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • AR Exchange, 2020-2021, Autumn semester
    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       During the semester
    • Credits
      13
    • Subject examined
      Studio MA1 (Kueng & Caputo)
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Project
      4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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