Today, when one intervenes in an existing situation, it is necessary to reorganize, to expand from the inside, to create density without sacrificing any of the city’s potentials like voids, nature, forests, built surfaces, life. A contemporary approach to the city has to be derived from working on the inside, on the ground, and deal with the existing. That is to say: to look at things from the inside out.
We further develop the city by means of the very smallest space. That is, the space of the inhabitant. Simultaneously and inseparably the quality of life, proximity, relationships, neighbourhood, individual space and collective space are integrated into this development process. The studio project focuses on the issue of housing. The subject of individual space is dealt with in relation to the collective space, the qualities of a single room, a flat, a building and the city.
The Bachelor students develop a project starting from situational images, which are collected, decoded, transformed into plans and sections, and then finally assembled and transformed into a building. The images explain a situation, a space, a function, an atmosphere. Operating as a research tool and stimulus, they become the impetus for the project and its architectural intentions.
The diploma students consider the question of collective housing starting from an in-depth observation and analysis of some of remarkable existing housing typologies in Berlin, their characteristic features, climatic conditions, views, relation to their surrounding context and the city, sky and nature. Particularities are detected, isolated and finally reassembled and recomposed in order to develop a new typology with higher living qualities and more interesting situations.
The course “Urban Design and Redevelopment I” focuses on issues such as curiosity, urban density, cinematic perceptions of the city through a combination of lectures and exercises.