052-1125-23L  Architectural Design V-IX: Ticino Permanente (E.Mosayebi)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersE. Mosayebi
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
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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.


052-1125-23 UEntwurf V-IX: Ticino Permanente (E.Mosayebi) Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 24.25/10 (Seminarwoche).
16 hrs
Tue09:45-17:30HIL F 75 »
Wed08:00-17:30HIL F 75 »
E. Mosayebi

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AbstractAs part of the trilogy on Ticino, this semester we are asking about the permanent. Natural stone will be revisited as a sustainable, resistant building material in the search for long-lasting urban and architectural forms. We design spaces that can be appropriated by future generations. The house is to be regarded as a dwelling open to all uses.
Objective- Knowledge about permanent building forms
- Knowledge of rock types and quarrying techniques
- Knowledge of the production of building stone and resulting waste products
- Deepening in tectonics as an expression of constructive-structural joints
- Design of new forms of housing
- Models in different scales
- Experimental visualisation
ContentTicino Permanente

This semester, we will deal with permanence and explore the question of when architecture is highly durable. We are looking for urban and architectural forms that resist the change of time and design spaces that can be reappropriated again and again by subsequent generations. The house is to be seen as a dwelling open to new uses.

Natural stones are the ideal building material for this. Their colours, patterns and degrees of hardness reflect the earth's history where they were found. Thus, the origin of each natural stone remains identifiable forever. Moreover, ashlars are hard-wearing and durable. Until the 19th century, they were among the preferred building materials in Europe. It was only with the advent of modern materials such as steel and concrete that stone was relegated to cladding and displaced as a load-bearing building material. Especially in the discussion about sustainability, the potential of load-bearing natural stone has not been exhausted yet.

The project is the third part of our trilogy on Ticino, in which we devote ourselves to different temporalities of architecture. After the first two semesters, which dealt with the temporary and the circular, we ask about the permanent in the third semester. Materially and constructively, we examine southern Switzerland's rich natural stone deposits. Gneisses are particularly common here and are among the oldest rocks on earth. We ask: Which stones and formats suit which durable buildings, and what is their expression?

At the beginning of the semester, we make portraits of active quarries in southern Switzerland. We examine the types of stone, the quarrying techniques, the production of the ashlars and even the waste products. In parallel, we work on selected building sites in Lugano and develop architectures from the outside to the inside; from the urban setting, the tectonic expresses a coherent constructive-structural joining to the floor plans for durable and adaptable living spaces.

In collaboration with BUK, large-scale models and constructive drawings are created. In workshops with the artist Phillip Schaerer, we develop stone compositions in the image. The semester is in collaboration with Guillaume Habert (Professor of Sustainable Construction) and Jacqueline Pauli (Professor of Structural Design).
Prerequisites / NoticeBuilding Construction (BUK) as an integrated discipline is included in this course.

Introduction: 19.09.2023
Intermediate crits: 18.10.2023, 22.11.2023
Final crits: 19.12.2023
Extra costs: CHF 100 per student. (Approximation, excl. Material for Model Building, excl. Seminar Week)
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesfostered
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits14 credits
ExaminersE. Mosayebi
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationLetzter Abmeldetermin für das Entwurfssemester ist der 1.11.2023, 24:00 Uhr.
Das Löschen einer Belegung nach diesem Datum ist nicht zulässig.

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

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