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Thinking Architecture

Horizons can be broadened and strategies can be discussed when different views on the designing and inhabiting of the world are being exchanged. Architecture and landscape architecture as central cultural practices are going to reveal themselves in their anthropological - aesthetic, social and ethic - dimensions. Thinking architecture constitutes a free space for one's own individual qualification and the education regarding one's line of work. During an one-week-workshop students work in small groups. This offers possibilities to think options to develop alternative positions in architecture and landscape architecture. Analytical and methodical competences, as well as skills in arguing one own's viewpoints are encouraged by reading, reflection and discussion.


Winter 18 19

Simplicity as the result of a creative process can have different forms. In the design disciplines, the concept has been discussed and tested in many ways. But what do limitation and/or reduction to the essential mean today? What challenges and possibilities are thereby presented for creative thinking and creation? Aim of the course is to thematise, question and develop this.

Workshop + initials
M.Sc. architecture and urban design + landscape architecture
B.Sc. architecture + landscape architecture 

3x Tuesdays   10-13h   B049
Start: Tue 23rd Oct 2018   10h   B049
Workshop: 4th - 8th Feb 2019



Summer 2018

The result of an arbitrary search for something new may come with the price of interchangeability, so one postulate the image of the normal, ordinary and low-key as quality. But how can the supernormal create architectural qualities with an atmospheric value? How can we utilize and handle it in our own thinking and practicing?  

July 23rd - 27th 2018



Winter 17 18
At Home

How much "home" do we need? What does "home" mean in times of global change - an development constantly blurring the meaning of feeling at home in a certain place and space. And: What does it mean for the designing of architecture, city and open space? To take this as a topic, to question and develop it is the aim of this course. 

Feb 5th - 9th 2018



Summer 2017
Perfect Places

Ideas of perfect places and spaces usually are included in concepts and aims of design attitudes. They accompany architects and designers in their design process, often times subconsciously. How can we describe, use and operate with qualities and characteristics of these perfect places - places of our childhood, our dreams, media presentations and imagination - in our own theoretical and creative work?

17.7. - 21.7.2017



Winter 16 17
Architecture and the Woods

For japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, the ideal future of architecture and cities is an analogy to the structure, nature and atmosphere of forests. Several other contemporary positions refer to Henry D. Thoreaus book 'Walden or: Life in the Woods', in which the quest for the Essential whilst being in the woods is being described as existentially rewarding. Which notions and aims that accompany or enrich the design process are related to the perception of 'woods' as a motif in thinking, a starting point and analogy?

Workshop: 6.2. - 10.2.2017



Summer 2016
What We Are Building on

On what we build exceeds physical constants and delineates notions and aims inherent in design approaches, which often accompany the design concepts and creations unconsciously. To address, question and develop these approaches is the aim of the workshop.

18.- 22.7.2016



Winter 15 16 
Dwelling Differently

Dwelling differently is taken as a synonym for spaces of possibility, that are potentially inherent in individual and collective design approaches and often affect the design concepts and creations unconsciously. To address, question and develop these approaches is the aim of the workshop.

8. - 12.2.2016



Summer 2015
The Things Surrounding Me

Things surrounding me often appear inconsciously in design concepts and creations and remain a subjective matter. To address, question and develop these approaches is the aim of the workshop.

27. - 31.7.2015