825106 PJ Design Studio 1

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 07.10.2021 Place course on memo list
PJ Design Studio 1
PJ 4

This design course provides an urban understanding of the relation between architecture and the city. Students will gain an apprehension for urban and architectural design and research by developing a site-specific infrastructural project. Obtain basic knowledge and initial experience of the urban context, in connection with getting to know and exercising the development and presentation of an architectural idea as well as production of a set of ideas for the individual architectural approaches.

Superfluous Studio:

This semester Superfluous Studio: Front-Yard Urbanism investigates the lost pedestrian potential of the historic district of El Pueblo de Los Angeles,which houses the Union Station as well as the original Los Angeles Plaza. Focusing on the non functioning public plazas that currently interlock, the students will be asked to design a new proposal for a mixed use public civic center to the district through the extension of the UnionStation front-yard, the oldest standing main train station of the city of Los Angeles.

The teams will observe, analyze and configure buildings and trope objects from the general Los Angeles area and get familiar with the method of collecting architectural information digitally. Through various tasks the students will be asked to construct and imagine formerly not explored forms and urban applications while emphasizing on the architectural production of collections that each team will be asked to develop. This exercise of collecting is asked in order to bring forth discussions on form and shape as well as landscape and the built environment in order to understand complex urban relationships within the existing contexts.

Continuous assessment (based on regular written and/or oral contribution by participants).

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

Will be discussed in the first lesson.

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  • SDG 15 - Life on land: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.