052-1145-23L  Architectural Design V-IX: Architectural Design V-IX: Voluptas S2E3 - Pathfinder (Charbonnet/Heiz)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersF. Charbonnet, M. de Dardel, P. Heiz
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.


052-1145-23 UArchitectural Design V-IX: Architectural Design V-IX: Voluptas S2E3 - Pathfinder (Charbonnet/Heiz) Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
No course on 24/25.10 (seminar week).
16 hrs
Tue09:45-17:30HIL G 65 »
Wed08:00-17:30HIL G 65 »
18.10.09:45-13:30HIT F 32 »
F. Charbonnet, M. de Dardel, P. Heiz

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Abstract"Italian may be "such children" but their tar-babies are not physical pain or coldness; they want an absence of history, they want to start fresh. When they designed those big palaces in Rome they must have known all along about hope and death, but they were so graceful they made it look easy."
—Babitz, Eve. Slow Days, Fast Company. Rain. 1977.
1. Conduct a survey based on the objective observation of Rome; Driven by the choice of an Agent, map out a singular path within the city; Consider the subjectivity of experience and extrapolate multiple storylines. 
2. Develop a project addressing a specific problematic: formulate a critical comment onto a contemporary condition; Intensify the experience to reveal further potentials. 
3. Elaborate an argumentative discourse, supported by a curated selection of multidisciplinary sources.

Drafting & Mounting
Conceptual & Critical Thinking
Argumentation & Rhetoric
Narration & Storytelling
Scenography & Atmosphere
Expression & Composition

Researching Contemporary Concepts & Curating multidisciplinary Sources; Articulating a discursive Argument; Mastering Visual Literacy & Storytelling, Image Mounting & Composing, Architectural Drafting & Projecting.
ContentPATHFINDER 3 is dedicated to the timeless city of Rome: its intricate history, morphology, mythology… all canonical spatial perimeters as suggested by Lefebvre: political, sociological, anthropological, economical, temporal.*
Our interest will focus both on the banal and the sublime, on habits, routines, and calendar rites as well as on individual and social rhythms setting the pace for society. As the ordinary interweaves thousands of beats, repetitive tunes and syncopated breaks, there can be no territoriality without its temporalities, may it be that of urbanisation, of experience, or of dreams.
The critical consideration of these paragons, further endowed with the lure of fiction, shall initiate alternate (hi)stories and cityscapes.

The design studio will be carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Game Design of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Together we will draft, mount, design, discuss, play… confront our perspectives onto contemporaneity and ultimately imagine audacious yet playful architectural and territorial fictions.
A series of lectures by experts from a variety of fields will enrich our investigations.

*see: Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space (1974)
—. Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life (1992)
Lecture notesSemester Reader will be made available as a download for registered participants.
LiteratureExtended bibliography and further references will be made available as a download for registered participants.
Prerequisites / NoticeIntroduction: SEPT. 19TH
Mid-Term Reviews: OCT. 17th
Final Reviews: DEC. 19th-20th

Group Work only 
Main Teaching Language: EN
LV-No. 052-1145-23U 
Reader CHF 30 + Prints 50 CHF

For more information, please contact: Link
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
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
ExaminersF. Charbonnet, M. de Dardel, P. Heiz
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without 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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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students

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