Excursions accompany the seminars throughout the academic year with on-site-studies to deepen and complete the teaching contents, they conduce to a nuanced understanding of architectural and landscape phenomena and current tendencies and developments. Each specific contexts and qualities, that can hardly be captured by linguistic or graphic description, are experienced and understood in their complex relations by the subjective perception. This process is supported by group discussions and individual tutorials during the excursions.
Biennial + Venice
Under the title 'Freespace', Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, directors of the Irish architecture firm Grafton Architects, are curating this year's Architecture Biennial in Venice, seeking the capability of architecture to create added value and generosity and to find new solutions in new ways of thinking. The four-day excursion will study and discuss the various projects and installations of the exhibition as well as selected architectures and districts of the city with a focus on their specific characters, their references and potentials as well as future-oriented aspects for the architectural discipline.
11. - 14.10.2018
Rotterdam. Urban Activators
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Institute for History and Theory of Architecture
18. - 21.5.2017
Biennale + Venice
Under the slogan 'Reporting from the front', Chilean architect and Biennale curator Alessandro Aravena is in search for solutions regarding our habitat and wants to encourage a change of perspectives, globally and locally. On a four day trip, several projects and installations of the exhibition itself and selected projects and boroughs of the City of Venice are discovered. Their specific characteristics, common references and potentials are discovered and studied, connections to future aspects of the architectural discipline are discussed.
13. - 16.10.2016
London City + urbanity
For some time, London's city production has been proceeding with dynamics that can hardly be grasped. The British metropolis is in constant motion and is growing... to its limits in generating and designing high-quality urban habitats? How urbanity and city in a context of the exciting and multi-faceted architectonic development of London are defined, is to be scrutinized on the four-day trip on the basis of contemporary concepts and projects and is discussed to gain stimulus for future strategies.
5. - 8.5.2016
In `All the worlds futures, curator Okwui Enwezor shows the works of 136 international artists in this year's Biennale in Venice. On the search for a future, the arts resort to painting and sculpture and other kinds of genres like movies, photography, poetry and performance. There is a remarkable amount of installations addressing architecture and space are on show. On a four day trip, several projects and installations of the exhibition itself and selected projects and boroughs of the City of Venice are discovered. Their specific characteristics, common references and potentials are discovered and studied, connections to future aspects of the architectural discipline are discussed.
16. - 19.10.2015
Paris as a metropolis and the capital of France is distinguished by a multitude of strong urban spaces. In what way architectural designs may contribute to enable and characterize urban qualities? The differend facets of this issue are scrutinized and discussed on a four-day trip on the basis of contemporary architecture, gardens and urban spaces to gain orientational knowledge on urban settings, qalities of urbanity and to gain stimulus for future strategies.
4. - 7.6.2015
La Biennale di Venezia
In search of the 'fundamentals' of international architects, Dutch Architect Rem Koolhaas curates this year's architectural biennale in Venice. A Number of different contributions from architecture, art and science - comprehensive and country-specific - is presented, taking into account their influences and simliarities, history of modernism, city and culture. During a four day trip, the projects and installations of the exhibition itself and selected projects in Venice and the characteristics of the city are discovered. Their specifics, common references and potentials are focalized and discussed regarding forward-looking aspects for the architectural profession.
9. - 12.10.2014
Urban future Amsterdam?
Is it cosmopolitanism? Modernity? Urbanity? Quality of life? What defines Amsterdam? In contemporary architecture and city planning, internationally renowned buildings and projects are developed. These are paying special attention to contemporary economic, socio-cultural and estetic questions and show an openness to uncommon structural and spatial designs. Architects connect the city's popularized 'Decision for urbanity' with all kinds of design motifs. Different aspects of concepts and projects are explored on the four-day trip in search of 'urban architecture' and are discussed with particular regard to their impulses for the future.
15. - 18.05.2014
Urban questions. Copenhagen answers?
Denmark is known for its distinct architectural tradition and design culture. In recent years, a younger generation of danish architects has gained international attention with unconventional approaches. In Copenhagen, not only the transformation of former harbour and industrial areas and plans to densify end extend the city was challenging. Single projects in the city contributed to an enrichment of urban qualities, too. The trip to the Danish capital intends to study, discuss and interpret different aspects of these processes.
1. - 5.5.2013
Looking for a 'common ground', international architect David Chipperfield curated the current architectural biennale in Venice. A variety of different contributions from architecture, art and science - comprehensive and country-specific - is presented, taking into account their influences and simliarities, history and language, city and culture. During a four day trip, the projects and installations ofn display and selected projects in Venice and the characteristics of the city are discovered. Their common references and ideals are focalized and discussed regarding forward-looking aspects for the architectural discipline.
1. - 4.11.2012
Zurich is developing, is reinventing and often redefining itself. New urban qualties emerge in many places. What is Zurich's recipe for livability? What defines Zurich? Looking for 'urban architectures', different facets of urban concepts and projects in Zurich have been explored on the four-day trip with particular attention on impulses for the future.
10. - 13.5.2012