Autumn 2017 I
Project with Focus on Territorial Design
The studio aims to explore the expanded agency of design in contextualising and shaping the multiscalar social and ecological processes that characterise the contemporary condition of urbanisation. The studio builds upon: An understanding of urbanisation as a condition of generalised geographical organisation that expands beyond agglomerations and includes the operational landscapes that support their metabolism. An understanding of design as the analysis and formation of not just buildings, but of the whole material ensemble that organises life across regions and continents. The studio blends the boundaries between architecture, planning, geography and territorial development and touches upon issues of social, economic and ecological organisation.
The studio reflects the theme of the first cycle of the master Programme (2017-2019), which is structured around the relation between Architecture and Economy. Focusing on the case of the Greater Luxembourg Region, the studio invites students to investigate the material imprints of selected economic processes across multiple scales, locations and landscapes, under a process of economic diversification: From the local, to the regional, to the global scale; and from dense agglomeration areas, to systems of transport and communication infrastructures, and to specialised landscapes of primary production. The studio focuses on analysis through design, and has a limited projective dimension, which will be further explored during the following two semesters. It aims to offer an introductory exploration, both to the Programme theme of Architecture and the Economy, as well as to Luxembourg and the Greater Region, which will be the focus of investigation of the following studios. In a nutshell, through the first semester studio, students will:
Understand through the framework of Architecture and Economy the production of spaces of social production and reproduction, and explore the agency of design as a tool of socio-spatial analysis at multiple scales. Work at the intersection of geography and design and learn to appreciate design as a mode of geographical organisation of the multitude of materialities that comprise contemporary life. Explore, chart and develop an understanding of Luxembourg and the Greater Region. Engage with geospatial data, tools and methods of geographical analysis such as Geographic Information Systems, geo-simulations, cartographic techniques and visualisations and combine them with design tools.
Develop analytical modes of geo-design, combining typological analysis, and cartographic explorations through synthetic drawings.