AR-401(af) / 13 credits

Teacher: Tsuneyama Mio

Language: English

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Urban Wild Ecology / Production and Decomposition Urbanism / FOOD studio examines urban collective housing integrating a self-sustaining cycle of food, from production to disposal. A highly contextualized and food-centered approach will lead the design of the housing, as to create a "food typology".



food, soil, material flow, ecology, ecological footprint, biocapacity, decomposition, circular economy, ecological design, food production, kitchen, housing, urban living, subsoil environment, Daegu, South Korea, urban strategy, actor network theory, ANT, fungus, microorganisms, underground stream of water


Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

Love eating and fungus

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Contextualise the local built environment from the global scale.
  • Critique architecture in the context of a network of people, objects, and activities.
  • Hypothesize across social issues and architectural philosophy.
  • Judge architecture not only in its completed form but also throughout its life cycle.

Transversal skills

  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

This studio is part of a global joint program organized by the Hongik university in Seoul, South Korea. Discussions and workshops will be held with the host architects, the other participating universities, as well as the Metropolitan city of Daegu. It will be an opportunity to work on a real site, crossing both global and local perspectives. Each university will set an individual theme for the common topic of "Production Urbanism".

In the first half of the studio, students will be divided into small mixed (master and undergraduate) groups, each working on a specific research theme. In this phase, in addition to lectures by experts, it is intended to provide a more tangible input through visits to relevant sites and hands-on activities. The overall master plan will be designed in a workshop format by the whole studio.

Design assignments for the second phase of the program will basically be individual. Lectures by several architects will be scheduled throughout the design period to broaden the students' perspectives. Students will learn to compare and critique their work with that of others through shared final products and will be led to master the studio's unique representation method.

The following programs are foreseen during the semester.

  • Joint online sessions with other universities
  • Collaboration with the Swiss Museum of Architecture exhibition

There will also be activities outside of the semester.

  • Site visit and research in Daegu, South Korea in the first half of February (participation is optional)
  • Joint critique session and exhibition with participating universities in August 2023 (site visit is optional, data sharing for the exhibition is required by all the students)

Expected student activities

  • Research that involves concrete experience of one's interests, such as physically visiting places and listening to people implied.
  • Efforts to build logic and to collect evidence to justify one's ideas.
  • Visualization at a level that allows communication without verbal explanation.

Assessment methods

-10% of motivation (communication, leadership, involvement, participation)

-30% of result of research (originality, relevancy and quality of presentation)

-60% of final result (creativity, coherence and quality of representation such as models and drawings)


In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Studio MA1 (Tsuneyama)
  • 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 (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Studio MA1 (Tsuneyama)
  • 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 (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Studio MA1 (Tsuneyama)
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week


Tuesday, 8h - 12h: Project, other

Tuesday, 14h - 18h: Project, other

Monday, 8h - 10h: Lecture

Monday, 10h - 12h: Project, other

Monday, 14h - 18h: Project, other