Drawing Architecture, balancing on the shoulders of giants
In this studio, we will practice drawing as a catalyst for spatial design and allow the drawing to be the space for observation and speculation.
Drawing Architecture, balancing on the shoulders of giants
Investigating Flows Discontinuities in Urban (Emerging) Markets
The project’s objective is to explore the mobility mechanisms of material flows, and spatial dynamics of ephemeral productions within urban markets in emerging cities. These ranges from self-organized courier agents to major freight services. Markets (both informal and formal), serve as socio-economic infrastructure for vulnerable groups in cities. They are public spaces of pluralities, collectivities and material flows in cities. Informal Markets represent the highest intensities of these phenomenon, albeit criminalized in most cases. Contributing proposals will seek to understand the networks of material flows and discontinuities within designated markets, and under various contextual definitions. The studio will adopt a multi-site approach (cases from different cities around the world) to ascertain commonalities, collectivities, and conditions of emergence. The studio aims to contribute to the discourse on emergent processes and sustainable urban growth strategies in the 21st century city.
The studio will work around the sub –urban 20th century belt of Ghent.
A site will be chosen where systems/structures interweave/overlap/clash, characteristic for the suburban collage city.
After a thorough reading of the site we will investigate how qualitive densification can be possible. How can densification lead to more quality? How can you be inspired by the undesigned? How can the interwoven characteristics be a layout for future sustainable developments?
Sustainibility starts with a sustainable implantation. In this way your projects will question the borders between public/collective and private space to provoke meeting and generate qualitive usable spaces.
Parallel we will continuously work with collages as a tool to reflect. Recycling, rethinking, merging, adapting, etc them to contextual concepts. An integral design is the goal.
In a global perspective, around 90% of the world’s population cannot afford an architect, who is trained to design from behind his computer and prescribe mass-produced materials. The pre- industrialized concept of a master-builder might just come back. It reflects the idea of an integral approach to architecture, embedded in local context, local materials and local craftsmanship.
Through contemporary ways of sharing knowledge in between cultures, the master-builder becomes
a ‘common good’ of designing and building, both ‘on site’ and ‘through contemporary digital
media’. This ‘common good’ is materialized in the design studio ‘Future rural schools’, which tries
to explore this integrated approach.
The project site is located in Amskroud, Morocco. The project is part of a long-term program of the Goodplanet Foundation called “Bio-climatic Schools”. Within this program the foundation builds schools in rural environments based upon bio-climatic principles using local resources, knowledge and techniques. The Commune of Drarga (morocco) ordered the construction of 5 such schools in their region due to the success of the program in Morocco. The design of the school in Amskroud will be therefore developed as a prototype school and will function as an example for the development of the 4 other schools.
Infrastructures as a Tool to Rethink the City
The design studio “maib24 2018-2019” tutored by Cecilia Chiappini focuses on the value of infrastructures as tools to explore the city, as they tend to gather qualities that give space to manifestations of urbanity and collectivity, emergent appropriations and unexpected processes. The aim is to explore those qualities and to use them in design, as developing alternative urban models that questions the dialects between technical and social assemblages.
During an intensive research-design studio, students will discuss conceptual issues, develop and test explorative tools to address the topic, especially looking at “spatial configurations, marks of human presence and voices” around infrastructures;1 deploying a “learning from…” approach. The students will produce an architectural-urban design-case based on their enquiries on a specific location. Based on their explorations on-site, they will define the users and programmes, areas and scope of intervention. Infrastructures as urban spaces at different scales are to be at the core of the proposals. This semester’s site is the transformation process of Glories Square in Barcelona, Spain. The students will go on a trip to the city during the first weeks of the semester and will develop their research and design cases at the campus Sint-Lucas, Brussels during the entire semester.
1. As developed in close relation with the tutor’s PhD-research on Infrastructures under Transformation as Spaces of Collectivities”
2. Inspired by Learning from Las Vegas and Made in Tokyo. See References.
Tijdelijke permanentie, permanente tijdelijkheid. (AOB Spatial dysfunctions strategies)
Hoe kunnen we ‘tijdelijke/permanente’ architectuur ontwerpen en die strategisch inzetten om probleemgebieden te remediëren.
Een persoonlijk strategisch ontwerp a.d.h.v. van een casestudy die een sterke stellingname en betrokkenheid toont.
The future is urban (POPIN, 1994)! Besides large compact cities, also smaller municipalities in Flanders are challenged with densification-processes that are mostly solved by exporting dense inner-city models or building typologies, that not always harmonize with these peri-urban conditions. We use research by design to explore alternative densification processes, using alternative housing types and to rethink classic urban tissues which are more adapted to open space structures.
Zoals de naam van het AOB suggereert, wil het architectuur als kunstvorm verkennen, door mechanismes uit de kunst te identificeren, te benoemen en te contextualiseren en in te zetten voor het begrijpen, ontwerpen en maken van tentoonstellingsarchitectuur voor kunst. Het is een ontwerpmatig onderzoek gericht op het ontwikkelen, expliciteren en bevragen van architecturale ontwerpstrategieën vanuit het overlappende veld tussen kunst en architectuur; een veld dat aanwezig gesteld wordt door het ontwerp en de realisatie van een ruimtelijke ‘display’. Cureren – gezien als de ruimtelijke distributie van argumenten en een discours – wordt hierbij ingezet als een educatief en onderzoeksmatig middel tot generen en overbrengen van zowel beeldende als discursieve kennis over de persoonlijke relatie met architectuur.
Het academisch ontwerpbureau AVDAK wil èn de praktijk èn het onderwijs èn onderzoek van cureren als leervorm consolideren en verder ontwikkelen. Naast deze ontwerpstudio in de masters, organiseert AVDAK ook The/Le/Het Salon, een elective op masterniveau in semester 2.
The Academic Design Office ‘Architecture for, through and as Art’ aims to explore architecture as an art form, through identifying, naming and contextualizing mechanisms from art and using them to understand, design and create exhibition architecture for art. It is a design driven research that focusses on the development, articulation and evaluation of architectural design strategies in the overlapping field between art and architecture. Curating – defined as ‘conceiving a discourse as a spatial distribution of arguments’ – is used as an educational and research tool for generating and conveying both visual and discursive knowledge about one’s personal relationship with architecture.