251.786 Excursion :: History of Architecture II
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019S, EX, 2.0h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: EX Excursion

Aim of course



Participatory Building: Lehm-Café in Düsseldorf

Coupled course: 251.786 Exkursion zur Baukunst II and 251.714 SE Comparative cultural analysis - 1: 1 clay seminar

Project coordination: Ute Reeh (artist), Prof. Eike Roswag (ZRS Architekten Ingenieure, Berlin)

The construction of the so-called "Wiesencafé" is an interdisciplinary art project. The site is located in a district isolated from the city in the south of Dusseldorf. The design for the café was developed jointly by children and architecture students to create an open, communicative place. It will be built out of earth, a material that is ideal for experimentation and for DIY. The cob technique, a mixture of straw and earth, makes it possible to build without complicated technical aids. All it takes is know-how, physical commitment, communication, cohesion and perseverance. The total construction time is 8 weeks, spread over the period from March to September. We will be involved in the construction process from 11.-14.6.2019 (after Pentecost). More information about the project: http://www.schulkunst.org http://www.schulkunst.org/arm-oder-reich/kapitel.php?kap=78)

Subject of course

In the course of the preparatory seminar (1:1 Lehmbauseminar), the theoretical basics of earth building (historical development, various mud building techniques, material properties, processing methods, etc.) are taught. The excursion focuses on the hands-on experience in dealing with the material earth. This includes:  

  • Checking the earth quality
  • Preparation of a suitable earth / straw mixture  
  • Efficiency in the processing of the material  
  • Applying and compacting the material  
  • Solutions for details and connections  etc.

In addition to these "hard skills" within the construction process, the "soft skills" are also of particular importance. Participatory processes only succeed if the communication between the various actors (architecture students, pupils, neighbors, etc.) works and the social competencies of being together are addressed and trained.

Additional information

The excursion 251.786 Exkursion zur Baukunst II will be held together with the LV 251.714 SE Comparative Cultural Viewing / 1: 1 Earth Building Seminar. Both courses can only be completed together.

Registration in TISS please only under the course LV 251.786 Excursion zur Baukunst II! A registration for the 1:1 clay seminar will be done automatically.


Each seminar will be held in seminar room 251-1, Stg. 3, 3rd floor

The individual preparation dates are blocked.

19.03., 13:00 - 15:00 Preliminary discussion, introductory lecture: "Lehmbautechniken"

02.04., 11:00 - 15:00 Lectures: "Lehmbauten Weltweit" and "Lehmbau in Österreich"

14.05., 13:00 - 15:00 Excursion discussion, fixation of the individual tasks

Excursion - expected date: 11.-14.6.2019 (specific information in the preliminary discussion)

Cost of the excursion:

  • Private arrival by plane or train
  • On-site meals and meals are partly financed from the project budget (more details in the preliminary discussion)




Examination modalities


  • Presence at the preparatory seminars
  • Participation in the implementation process
  • Active participation and commitment on the construction site
  • Reflection of experiences in the course of a self-selected topic / medium (eg construction diary, film, interviews, blog posts, etc.)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
11.02.2019 08:00 04.04.2019 23:00 04.04.2019 23:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


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