052-0541-23L  Architectural Design III: Shelter: Ideal Architecture (E.Christ/Ch.Gantenbein)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersE. Christ, R. Boltshauser, J. De Vylder, C. Gantenbein, M. Kaijima, D. Mettler, D. Studer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish (lecture), German (exercise), German (exercise)
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Students who do not wish to change the design class don't have to parcitipate in the internal enrolment.

Project grading at semester end is based on the list of enrolments on 1.11.2023, 24:00 h (valuation date) only.
This is the ultimate deadline to unsubscribe or enroll for the studio.


052-0505-00 VKonstruktion III
Kurssprachen: Deutsch und Englisch.
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 25.10 (Seminarwoche) und in den beiden letzten Semesterwochen (Schlussabgaben).
2 hrs
Wed08:00-09:35HIL E 3 »
R. Boltshauser, E. Christ, J. De Vylder, C. Gantenbein, M. Kaijima
052-0505-00 UKonstruktion BUK III
Kurssprachen: Deutsch und Englisch.
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 24.10 (Seminarwoche).
2 hrs
Tue08:00-09:35HIL E 3 »
D. Mettler, D. Studer
052-0541-23 UEntwurf III: Shelter: Ideale Architektur (E.Christ/Ch.Gantenbein)
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 24/25.10 (Seminarwoche).
12 hrs
Tue09:45-16:30HIL F 41 »
Wed09:45-16:30HIL F 41 »
E. Christ, C. Gantenbein

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AbstractFocusing on the theme of Shelter, the semester begins with a field trip to Rome, where we will visit and study selected historical examples. Through this analysis we will develop a typological understanding of architecture, addressing questions of space, structure and tectonics. The second half of the semester will be dedicated to the design of an ideal shelter located in the Roman countryside.
ObjectiveDesign Studio "Architectural Design III":
Master the analysis of historical case studies through experimental drawings. Foster a multifaceted interpretation of architectural principles and characteristics, while developing an environmentally aware approach to design, and addressing climate issues on a typological level. Cultivate an understanding of the topic in relation to contemporary issues. Learning to address aspects related to form and tectonics within the design of a new building.

Lecture "Construction III":
Introducing students into different design and making approaches to find a path towards their personal approach on designing and making.
ContentDesign Studio "Architectural Design III":
In times of climate crisis and strong social transformation we find ourselves dwelling on unsettling questions: am I still safe in my place? Will there be room for everyone in the future? What is the minimum necessary to live? What does it take to foster an idea of community that is gradually disappearing? Within the discipline of architecture, such doubts and fears can be translated into fundamental design questions: how do we protect our living space from increasingly harsh and unpredictable climatic events? How do we design resilient and durable structures? How to make the best use of the limited available resources? All these questions take us back to the roots of architecture, to the complex relationship between nature and civilization, to the human need of finding refuge in and from nature: Shelter.

But what is Shelter? Not just a protection from natural elements, a shelter also identifies the place of collective refuge in our society, a place of community and hospitality. This social value in turn influences the architectural form: be it inn or church, hut or temple, cave or hangar, the Shelter is as much primary dwelling as cultural place. The Shelter is Architecture.

With these questions in mind, we will dedicate the coming studio in the series of Ideal Architecture to the development of a contemporary understating of Shelter, taking into consideration its connotation as both intimate and collective space, and its socio-cultural value: The Ideal Shelter - 7 new Types. Starting from historical examples, we will develop the basic architectural knowledge needed to tackle this challenging task in theory and practice. Primary questions of space, structure and tectonics, as well as the fundamental issues of proportion, form and meaning will be at the center of our design debate.

We will begin the design process for a new contemporary shelter with a field trip to Rome. We will visit, analyze and critically reflect on 7 shelters from different time periods. This will be followed by a visit to 7 sites outside of Rome. Here in the ideal (-ized) landscape of the Roman Campagna, the Ideal Shelter will find its place. As a studio we will collectively develop a culture of representation where multi-layered drawings and models, as well as the handling of historical references, will form the methodological basis for the design, which will primarily focus on typological, tectonic, and formal aspects.

Lecture "Construction III":
The overall topic of the lecture series is “Construction – Elements of Architecture”. The lecture series gives the students an insight into different construction and design methods. The lectures are held by four different professorships in a block of 5 lectures in a row and showcasing their individual approach on design and architecture in general.
LiteratureLecture "Construction III":
Momoyo Kaijima:
- Atelier Bow-Wow: “Behaviorology” Rizzoli International Publication, New York, 2010
- Momoyo Kaijima et al “Made in Tokyo” Kajima Publishing, Japan, 2001

Jan De Vylder:
Free to consult / not limited
- 3 BOEK 789 – ISBN 9789492321749
- UNLESS EVER PEOPLE – ISBN 9789492567079
- GALLERY MAGAZINE N° I – ISBN 9789493146495

Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein:
- “Remaking Cities: Techning at ETH Zurich 2010 - 2013. Review No. III”, Park Books, Zurich,2022

Roger Boltshauser:
- Tschanz, Martin (2021): Roger Boltshauser, Monografie, Triest Verlag, Zürich.
- Boltshauser, Roger; Veillon, Cyril; Maillard, Nadja (2020): Pisé. Stampflehm – Tradition und Potenzial, Triest Verlag, Zürich.
- Hönger, Christian; Menti, Urs-Peter; et al. (2009): Das Klima als Entwurfsfaktor, Quart Verlag, Luzern.
- Kapfinger, Otto; Boltshauser, Roger; Rauch, Martin (2011): Haus Rauch: ein Modell moderner Lehmarchitektur / The Rauch house: a model of advanced clay architecture, Birkhäuser, Basel.
Prerequisites / NoticeDesign Studio "Architectural Design III":
Group work.
Introduction: 19 September 2023, 10.00 am, HIL F41.
Intermediate crits: to be announced.
Final crits: 19.12/20.12.2023

Lecture "Construction III":
- 20.09.2023 Momoyo Kaijima
- 27.03.2023 Momoyo Kaijima
- 04.10.2023 Momoyo Kaijima
- 11.10.2023 Momoyo Kaijima
- 18.10.2023 Momoyo Kaijima
- 25.02.2023 Seminar Week
- 01.11.2023 Christ & Gantenbein
- 08.11.2023 Christ & Gantenbein
- 15.11.2023 Christ & Gantenbein
- 22.11.2023 Christ & Gantenbein
- 29.12.2023 Christ & Gantenbein
- 06.12.2023 All professors: Examination - exhibition of the sketchbooks
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits14 credits
ExaminersE. Christ, C. Gantenbein
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationVorlesung "Konstruktion III":
Die Vorlesung Konstruktion III ist ein obligatorischer Leistungselement und Bestandteil des Entwurfskurses mit dem Ziel ein umfassendes Verständnis für Architektur und Konstruktion zu erlangen. Die Semesterleistung wird als fortlaufende Leistungskontrolle in einem Skizzenbuch, das am Anfang der Vorlesungsserie ausgehändigt wird, festgehalten. Das Skizzenbuch ist ein eigenständiges Lernelement, mit welchem die Studierenden das Vorgetragene direkt in Form von Skizzen, Kommentaren, Ausarbeitungen und Spekulationen verarbeiten. Am Ende des Semesters findet eine Ausstellung aller Skizzenbücher statt. Die Bewertung wird dann von den jeweiligen Entwurfsstudios durchgeführt und geht mit 10% in die Gesamtnote des Entwurfskurses ein. Dabei werden folgende Kriterien in die Beurteilung einfliessen: Vollständigkeit und Pünktlichkeit der Abgabe, Verständnis und Wiedergabe der präsentieren Inhalte, Fähigkeit zur Interpretation und umfassenderen Aneignung der Konzepte, sowie die grafische Qualität der Darstellungen und Beschriebe.

Übung "Konstruktion BUK III":
Während des Semesters werden verschiedene Übungsaufgaben angeboten. Die Teilnahme an diesen freiwilligen Übungen wird empfohlen.

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