|Theory of Contemporary Architecture|
The course addresses both canonized and less-discovered theoretical approaches, concepts and projects of contemporary and international architects, artists, and landscape designers. Contemplation leads to differentiation of present-day aesthetical and ethical phenomena in the context of architecture and cultural theory, as well as in their historical roots and future perspectives. Observation, analysis and critique are linked methodologically; literature and other sources will be critically evaluated. Ability of abstraction and comparative competence are trained along with deepening theoretical knowledge.
The course promotes the identification of various design-related questions in the fields of architecture, art, urban and landscape design. Analytical and comparative studies of backgrounds, intentions, design processes and impacts are being conducted based on examples of projects and models, and in relation to anthropological and sociocultural contexts. By differentiation, comparison and discussion of results transferable design parameters and possible courses of action will be explored.
What kind of spaces and places that create a sense of identity might the city offer to people today and in the future? And what is the relevance of architecture, landscape and urbanity? Recent developments in architecture and urban design projects show models of spatial configuration, in which conventions, contexts and processes of transformation serve as cultural friction and as an orientation to designers. Concepts and projects are studied in all their facets and with regard to future impact.
In-depth studies of current and design-related questions are carried out through mobilization of theoretical and reactivation of historical contents. The course aims at both opening up future-oriented fields of knowledge for architectural and urban design, and grounding one's own position. Within a broader semester topic students are given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of scientific and artistic methods of observation, analysis and research, and of conceptual and process-oriented approaches, by formulation of an independent research question.
18 Reflexive Design
Experience abroad can open up new ways of thinking, reinforce attitudes toward design approaches, and broaden one’s methodological repertoire. The project is addressed to students that pursue an internship, or study or travel abroad during the semester, and offers to reflect and further explore newly acquired architectural knowledge, questions or methods through independent topics. The output should demonstrate characteristics and potentials of the topic for the design and development of the environment. The process of exploration and reflection is documented in a scientific and systematical way by writing and/or other media. Thematic outline, structure and working methods are supervised individually.
The master thesis offers to students an opportunity to approach a project design in a reflexive and conceptual way that may include new, unknown and experimental aspects in the understanding of architecture and space. Rather than addressing facts, the research, contributing fundamentals in both architecture and cultural studies, aims at the sense of knowledge. It is intended to render the acquired aspects and ideas effective and relevant, and to present them in oral and visual forms.