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Autumn 2018
Project Work with Focus on Technical and Constructive Aspects

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This studio will work on the concept of a new functionalism postulating an adequacy in terms of structure, materials and resources. Even if this new functionalism will be inspired by Neue Sachlichkeit of the 1930’s or New Brutalism of the 1970’s, it will differ to its historic models by not claiming the traditional functionalist relationship between form and function. On the opposite, more in the sense of Mies van der Rohe the new functionalism will provide pragmatic and well-dimensioned structures and spaces which can be used by various activities and thus evolve and adapt to different socio-economic conditions. The functionalist ideal of an adequate design will not be an excuse for a weak architecture but push the students to develop exciting aesthetic projects.

Students will learn from the beginning of the design process on how to think both in a dialogic way: the structure and the space of architecture. The new functionalism will also bring into interaction another fruitful opposition which the students had experimented in the first semester, the one between community and individuality, the question of what spaces and uses are of common interest and what spaces belong to the realm of privacy – or what is shared and what should remain individual and intimate.

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