Complex design in a wider context: Architectural design is taught in the context of large-scale planning. Working in teams (preferably interdisciplinary ones), the students organize and plan simple exercises in design, involving expert planners and “clients”. Parameters that frequently occur in real-life situations, such as the redefinition of utilizationrequirements, a tight budget or a tight schedule are deliberately included, in order to train the students to think flexibly and to look at the whole picture when considering architectural consequences. They also learn to argue for the decisions they have made during discussions with other participants of the construction project.

Qualification objectives

Understanding and incorporating the complex relationships between people, city, landscape and architecture into a holistic, economically and ecologically responsible, logical and clearly structured design (design skills). Integrated, interdisciplinary planning in teams that reflects the contemporary job profile of an architect (organizational skills), conceptual design in a balanced discussion of alternative approaches, presentation techniques.

Teaching materials

Suggested bibliography relating to the project