Fiction in Architecture
The seminar offers a critical view on the powers of hierarchies at play in contemporary metropolitan landscapes. By understanding how fictions change (the perception of) the real, architects can redefine their role in the processes of urban transformation. Students will document the making of fictions in architecture and elaborate collective test cases. A variety of fictional approaches as strategic tools are elaborated in order to enhance emancipation of spaces and communities from new forms of narrative domination. A series of external contributors, such as artists, screen writers and art historians, offer insight into the mechanism of fiction in art, architecture and movies in particular. While acquiring a certain knowledge and methodologies, students prepare in groups a collective fiction on a particular urban situation or landscape, by means of a chosen medium, developed on purpose and based on their respective technical skills. The format can be anything such as drawing, text, picture, model, short video clip etc. There is a final presentation at the end of the seminar.