052-1142-21L  Architectural Design V-IX: Making Plans for Living Together (A.Caruso)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersA. Caruso
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
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052-1142-21 UArchitectural Design V-IX: Making Plans for Living Together (A.Caruso) Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
No course 23./24.3. (seminar week), on 6./7.4.(Easter Holiday) as well as on public holidays (s. room reservations).
16 hrs
Tue09:45-17:30ONA E 25 »
Wed08:00-17:30ONA E 25 »
A. Caruso

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AbstractWe will make detailed plans for living together: Imagine ourselves freed from the false dogma of social Darwinism, in a place where essential tasks like caring for people, growing food and living in balance with our environment, are more important than non-essential activities like banking and academia. We will study models of mutual aid in the human, animal and vegetal worlds.
ObjectiveQualification to control the design process increasingly independent and with sole responsibility and to find to an individual design methodology and attitude.
ContentCharles Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species was based on its author’s observations of the natural world. Its emphasis on competition and on the evolutionary success of nature’s predators was also informed by Darwin’s experience of the competitive ravages of industrial England. The idea of a ‘social Darwinism’ was used as justification by the 19th century industrial elite for the social damage that was inherent to the industrial economy. In the age of science, what was true for nature, they argued, was equally true for the political and the social. Critiques of the apparent determinism of Darwin’s theory emerged as soon as his book was published, and a particularly eloquent and comprehensive response, Mutual Aid – A Factor of Evolution was published by Peter Kropotkin at the end of the 19th century. Based on observations, and more pragmatic than ideological, the book describes how widespread and important, mutually beneficial cooperation and reciprocity are in both the animal kingdom and within the history of human societies.

This semester we will make detailed plans for living together. We will imagine ourselves freed from the false dogma of social Darwinism, in a place where essential tasks like caring for people, growing food and living in balance with our environment, are more important than non-essential activities like banking and academia. We will study models of mutual aid in the human, animal and vegetal worlds through references that are modest in size but that engage with matters of material, technique and society altogether, acknowledging that these are different facets of large and necessarily interconnected systems. Some of our references, like the Shaker community of Mount Lebanon are historic, some like the Chelsea Hotel are urban, others like Melliodora in Australia are ongoing experiments. Withdrawing from the centre, these settlements seek out the space and the time to make societies that could be more equitable, providing alternatives to the mainstreams of their time. With a range of principles and techniques, from forms of governance to methods of upcycling and spatial experimentation, we will work on a series of sites in and around Zurich, considering programme and material, human and animal inhabitation, allowing a complexity of subjects of equivalent importance to inform the development of the designs.
Prerequisites / NoticeGroup work only.
Mid-term crits: Dates to follow.
Costs: CHF 100.--.

Performance assessment

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ECTS credits14 credits
ExaminersA. Caruso
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationProject grading at semester end is based on the list of enrolments on 2nd April 2021, 24:00 h. This is the ultimate deadline to unsubscribe or enroll for the studio!

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