848188 EP Design Studio 2

summer semester 2021 | Last update: 21.09.2022 Place course on memo list
EP Design Studio 2
EP 5

Advanced working on architectural concepts. The students can convincingly communicate their designs, present them in detail and position them within the respective theoretical or creative context.

Eccentric Ecotones: The Wall as a Surface with Two Sides




noun: ecotone; plural noun: ecotones

1. a region of transition between two biological communities.

With increasing awareness of ‘invisible forces’ that shape our natural environment, new demands for their integration into our built environment arise. In this design studio, students will explore architectures of weathers. How can we, as designers, work creatively with invisible environmental forces in architecture? Consequently, students will use digital environmental simulations to inform the morphology, textures, and usages of architectural spaces on a fundamental level. The studio will employ methods to integrate life into architectural typologies and how this leads to varying degrees of bio-responsiveness, decay, and complexity.

The task is to develop 1) spatial proposals on an architectural scale and 2) further develop them into responsive interfaces and surfaces with two sides. In the first case, the focus will lie on the flows of energy, weather, and inhabitation. The latter will focus on fabrication, testing, and texturing. The developed methods will be applied in the design of an inhabitable path: An ecotone is a zone in-between; a zone of transition. The design challenge will be, rethink the notions of inside and outside in the context of a harsh environment and investigate the role of the architectural envelope as a divider.

The results will be surfaces with two sides. Those interfaces will speak to both and explore how their eccentric articulations can shape zones of co-inhabitation within the two. Each student will embrace seasons, colours, textures, and topologies. At the end of this studio, students are expected to deliver a collection of architectural prototypes, images, and animations. They respond to the climate on site and are accompanied by tactile material studies and spatial process models. When designing an architectural ecotone we must challenge aspects of depth, thickness and layering. Concerning the placement of dividing elements, we must as: how far can they reach into space?

The developed design methods will be investigated through multiple design iterations for an inhabitable pathway. The building site is located along the old Hungerburgbahn at the northern border of Innsbruck. The old concrete viaduct remains currently derelict but counts as protected built heritage. Students are asked to work with this existing architectural substrate. The designs will be informed by weather data: historic (1900), contemporary (2021), and future (2050). Through this, the old viaduct will be transformed into a new inhabitable space; an eccentric ecotone that is nestled in-between both local vertical and horizontal micro-climate zones.

[Working on an individual complex design project, reflection of the specific subject-specific contents and methods as well as their application in the design through intensive supervision of the students and knowledge transfer in small groups.]

Course examination according to § 7, statute section on "study-law regulations".

Colletti, Marjan; Massin, Peter (Eds.) (2018): Meeting Nature Halfway. Architecture Interfaced Between Technology and Environment. Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (Peer reviewed).

Hens, Hugo (2017): Building Physics. Heat, Air and Moisture. Fundamentals and Engineering Methods with Examples and Exercises. 3rd ed. Berlin: Ernst & Sohn.

Ingold, Tim (2012): Lines and the Weather: Of Slugs and Storms. In Joke Brouwer, Arjen Mulder, Lars Spuybroek (Eds.): Vital beauty. Reclaiming aesthetics in the tangle of technology and nature. Rotterdam: V2; NAI, pp. 12–28.

Ingold, Tim (2017): Surface Visions. In Theory, Culture & Society 34 (7-8), pp. 99–108.

Innes, John L. (2014): Ecotone. In John A. Matthews (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Environmental Change. Los Angeles: SAGE reference, pp. 327–328.

Kallipoliti, Lydia (2018): History of Ecological Design. In Lydia Kallipoliti (Ed.): Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science: Oxford University Press.

Mostafavi, Mohsen; Leatherbarrow, David (1993): On weathering. Life of buildings in time. Cambridge (Massachusetts): MIT Press.

Payne, Andrew (2014): On Limits. In Preston Scott Cohen, Erika Naginski (Eds.): The Return of Nature. Sustaining architecture in the face of sustainability. New York: Routledge, pp. 101–120.

Pell, Ben (2010): Modulierte Oberflächen. Ornament und Technologie in der Gegenwartsarchitektur. Basel: Birkhäuser.

Peters, Terri; Peters, Brady (Eds.) (2017): Computing the Environment. Digital Design Tools for Simulation and Visualisation of Sustainable Architecture. 1st. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons (AD smart, 06).

Schittich, Christian (Ed.) (2006): Building Skins. Basel: Birkhäuser (in DETAIL).

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Date Time Location
Wed 2021-03-10
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West Kick-off
Wed 2021-03-17
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-03-24
13.30 - 16.00 SR HB West SR HB West Pin-up (tbc)
Wed 2021-04-14
09.30 - 12.30 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-04-14
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West Workshop
Wed 2021-04-21
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-04-28
12.30 - 16.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-05-05
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Thu 2021-05-06
09.00 - 11.00 SR HB West SR HB West CFD-Software
Wed 2021-05-12
12.30 - 16.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-05-19
09.00 - 12.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-05-26
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West Midterm (tbc)
Wed 2021-06-02
12.30 - 16.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-06-09
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Thu 2021-06-17
14.00 - 18.00 SR HB West SR HB West
Wed 2021-06-23
10.00 - 12.30 SR HB West SR HB West Finals