052-1119-23L  Architectural Design V-IX: HouseEurope!: The Transformation Issue (A.Brandlhuber)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. Brandlhuber
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentPlease register (Link) only after the internal enrolment for the design classes (see Link).

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



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
052-1119-23 UArchitectural Design V-IX: HouseEurope!: The Transformation Issue (A.Brandlhuber) Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Teaching languages are English and German.
No course on 24/25.10 (seminar week).
16 hrs
Tue09:45-17:30HIL F 65 »
Wed08:00-17:30HIL F 65 »
A. Brandlhuber

Catalogue data

AbstractThe design studio will be dedicated to HouseEurope! a political initiative with the goal of implementing a legislation on a European level. HouseEurope! addresses the challenges of the existing building stock, which currently contributes to financial speculation and neglects its potential to support the social-ecological transformation.
ObjectivePrefigurative Architecting The ability to think in different scales and systems, in order to determine issues and themes by observing the changing conditions of our environment and understanding the impact of legislative texts. The aim is to develop an architectural position in relation to these observations and to translate it into a viable and sustainable proposal for the future of a building.

Storytelling and Narrative-Design

The ability to translate factual knowledge about architecture and legislation into a story. These narratives function in parallel and offer other ways and speeds of communicating the design arguments besides the factual approach. In addition, studying time-based media such as film and episodic video formats.
ContentA citizens’ initiative for an EU-legislation that boosts the renovation of existing buildings and stops their demolition driven by speculation.

Every building is up for demolition, you just don’t know yet! Today, buildings are treated as investments rather than spaces for people to live. Due to financial speculation, millions of square meters sit empty and ruin, are being demolished and replaced: from abandoned industrial and office spaces to functioning family homes. This practice creates social and environmental problems.

From this semester on, the design studios at station+ will be dedicated to a political initiative with the goal of implementing a legislation on a European level. HouseEurope! addresses the challenges of the existing building stock, which currently contributes to financial speculation and neglects its potential to support the social-ecological transformation. The goal of the initiative is to achieve a cultural and legislative shift of the building sector by promoting the adaptive reuse and renovation of existing buildings.

Studio Brief & Goal

The goal is to produce a design concept to adapt and reuse future ruins, focusing on European legislation and standards, resulting in a trailer (series) that compresses the arguments, visualizes the project and narrates a story of change.

We believe that by now preservation is no longer a retroactive activity but becomes a prefigurative act. We have to preserve the normal, the worthless, the ugly, just as we preserve listed buildings. Research studies, like “Obsolete Stadt” have identified various typologies that are likely to fall out of use due to social, economic or ecological changes and cultural shifts. These typologies include amongst others: offices, shopping malls, store fronts, banks, parking garages.

We will build on these obsolete typologies to create design prototypes and legal precedents, how to adapt and transform an existing structure in order to reuse it for living. Therefore, every group of students will focus on one building (typology), look into local legislation as well as European legislation, to then compare these standards and norms. We will explore the national differences of legislative texts that incentivize speculation-driven demolition and new construction (Ersatzneubau). By doing so, we are trying to find the legal levers that, at present, are not recognized as opportunities to reuse and renovate these buildings.
Prerequisites / Noticegroup work only

Introduction: 19.09.2023 HIL G57
Intermediate crits: 17.10, 21.11
Final crits: 20.12.2023
Extra costs: approx. CHF 100.--. per student (estimated costs, without possible seminar week costs)
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Decision-makingfostered
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Problem-solvingfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Negotiationfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits14 credits
ExaminersA. Brandlhuber
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationUltimate deadline for changing enrolments for this course is 1.11.2023, 24:00 h.
After this date it is strictly forbidden to enrol for the course or to delete the enrolment!

Learning materials

 
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Groups

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Restrictions

General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students

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Architecture BachelorArchitectural Design (from 5. Semester on)WInformation