847173 Topographies

winter semester 2016/2017 | Last update: 16.11.2016 Place course on memo list
SE 2
INVERSE LANDSCAPES an investigation on secret topographies Intro Based on the latest discussion about Metabolism and the metabolist movement - brought back into the our recent discourse by Rem Koolhaas and his book “Project Japan” - we are starting a vibrant and cutting edge seminar about the possibility to integrate neo- metabolistic ideas into our very much digital design environment. Through the widely unknown work of the French architect Jean Renaudie and his projects, we will find secret links to our contemporary architectural discussions. He was truly inspired by the metabolist movement. I would describe Renaudie´s work as an articulation of architectural topographies rather than a design of particular objects and would also name it more an articulated inverse landscape than a purely straightforward designed piece of architecture. We are fascinated by the fact that architects around the world with different backgrounds rediscovering ideas which were already present 50 years ago.
Research The seminar project will start with a research on Jean Renaudie´s main buildings in France. A publication from 2004 published by the AA – London called “A Right to Difference: The Architecture of Jean Renaudie“ will help to understand his work. Based on various diagrams and sketches we create a catalogue of formal vocabularies, represented in his work. Subsequently, we are starting to transform this catalogue of formal possibilities into our current understanding of geometries and repertoires. This means we will integrate field logics, differentiated massing conditions, smoothed vs faceted surfaces, rhizomatic structures, randomized processes, fuzziness etc. into our into design repertoire. Design studies We will step by step work from diagrams and 3 dimensional existing precedent´s to a newly generated 3 dimensional cluster. Each student / group of 2, will generate an own 3D cluster of his/her interpretation of Renaudie´s work based on the found information. We are testing more playfulness in design and integrate controversial form driving methods. As a given material constraint, the proposed clusters will be produced out of paper which means that geometries need to be simplified to get built.
Clustering Following the personal research of each student / or groups of 2, we are starting to work on a large scale model, where all individual clusters are combined in one “Megastructure”. That means, we have to redesign our clusters in accordance to neighbourhood logics and the idea of integrated field conditions. We are not just focused on our object – we are interested in integrating our formal language in an overall design concept through blending and morphing our personal cluster(s) into the overall topography. We are clustering, not collaging! Final adjustments The general shape of the installation itself will be simple, but we are very much focused on the internal logic and complexity of the whole object. The final adjustments include the final design of all connections between each clusters and the detailing itself. Since the object on its own will be suspended from the ceiling we have to think about how to integrate this parameter into our general design. Exhibition project As mentioned above the neo-metabolist project will be suspended from the ceiling made out of paper and should be as lightweight as possible. The geometry will deal with differentiated internal conditions and the integration of voids will be an issue. It represents a porous structure, rather than a solid agglomeration of volumes and we are aiming to generate an autonomous, and outstanding piece of architecture.
presence and participation (35%) development and progress of the project (35%) final review (30%)
list and copies of relevant text in the first meeting
not applicable

course is linked with Entwerfen M2 and Image and content

see dates
Einführung 18.11.2016, 10.00 -11.30, SR 1, Institut
Workshop 21.-25.11.2016, ganztags, SR 3, Institut