253.E00 Design Studio Wonders of the Modern World - guest professorship Pier Paolo Tamburelli
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, UE, 8.0h, 10.0EC, to be held in blocked form

Properties

  • Semester hours: 8.0
  • Credits: 10.0
  • Type: UE Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to work on complex design tasks in the field of architecture and urban planning independently, systematically and with an original, contemporary design approach based on a precise architectural language. They have the competence to recognise fields of action in an urban context and to develop appropriate urban planning solutions. Students will be able to conduct their own research and to establish topic-related fundamentals. They will be able to create design concepts and present them comprehensively in the form of draft and detailed plans.

Students will be requested to investigate the case of a possible “Wonder” and to re-design it starting from an accurate description of its rituals – entirely accepting the logistic and the rituality of the ceremonies, and on the contrary imagining in complete freedom the architectural form associated to such rituals and movements.

Subject of course

In 1721 Austrian architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach published the Entwurff einer historischen Architektur, a collection of eighty-six folios intending to illustrate the architecture of the Jews, Egyptians, Syrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Siamese, Chinese and Japanese together with some projects by its author.

It can be argued that Fischer wrote the first book of world architecture. By including examples of architecture of the middle-east, the far-east and of the classical antiquity, Fischer exposed the possibility of a comparative approach to architecture. While a historicist paradigm for the understanding of architecture prevailed, Fischer’s style of observation retains an incredible potential also today.

Fischer’s selection are complicated to summarize. He included in his selection “monuments” like Stonehenge, the Nile falls and the buildings of Isfahan. The definition of architecture that can be derived form theEntwurff is not an easy one. Fischer opens up a possible discussion.

In the case of Fischer, classicism is an attitude articulated by very general principles like monumentality, symmetry and proportion, and often the very careful description of the building site. Fischer introduced a new visual language that would allow the emergence of a far more flexible architectural style depending on a global context. Fischer’s architecture is indeed playful, tolerant, hedonistic, witty, vulgar, plural, and magniloquent. His architecture is populistic and classical at the same time.

Modern architecture, starting from Laugier’s account on the production of the “primitive hut”, has been based on a strict reductivism, that maintained that all architectural phenomena could be explained in “functional” terms. Ritual actions, ritual landscapes, and ritual buildings were consequently excluded from the attention of Modern architecture.

With Modernism, Western Architecture lost more and more the ability to produce monumental public buildings, but this does not mean that Fischer’s idea of architecture is completely outdated or that Fischer’s world has be completely lost. In very large parts of the worldFischer’s vision is still an inspiration. In a lot of places, in recent years, buildings have been realized that demonstrate that Fischer’s fantasies were for more realistic than we might think.

In fact Wonders still exist.  Mount Rushmore was “sculpted” with dynamite starting in 1927 (the same year of the Weissenhof Siedlung), a copy of St. Peter has been erected in Ivory Coast starting in 1985, Coptic churches have been dug in the rocks of the Mokattam Hills of Cairo in the 70s (with beautiful bas reliefs realized with the sledgehammer). Why contemporary architecture never paid attention to such colossal things? Why did we fail to see the elephant in the room?

Teaching methods

Starting from this massive amount evidence it is possible to imagine to repeat Fischer’s experiment in the contemporary world. How to describe/design contemporary wonders? 

The aim of the seminar is for each student to produce one big perspective drawing (42,5 x 53,5 cm, as in Fischer’s original format) describing the pilgrimage location of Csíksomlyó in Rumania.

Mode of examination

Immanent

Additional information

Additional information about the program is available under documents.

First workshop, 14. - 16.10.2019, Projektraum 14

Second workshop, 18. - 22.11.2019, Projektraum 14

Exccursion to Boemia, Vienna and Salzburg, 21. - 23.11.2019

Third workshop, 2.-5.12.2019, Kl. Prechtlsaal

Final presentation, 13. - 16.01.2019, Projektraum 14

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
08:00 - 19:0014.10.2019 - 16.10.2019Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
08:00 - 19:0018.11.2019 - 22.11.2019Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
08:00 - 19:0002.12.2019 - 05.12.2019Prechtlsaal kleiner Teil - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Hörsaal! workshop
08:00 - 19:0013.01.2020 - 16.01.2020Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! presentation
Design Studio Wonders of the Modern World - guest professorship Pier Paolo Tamburelli - Single appointments
DayDateTimeLocationDescription
Mon14.10.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Tue15.10.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Wed16.10.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Mon18.11.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Tue19.11.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Wed20.11.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Thu21.11.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Fri22.11.201908:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! workshop
Mon02.12.201908:00 - 19:00Prechtlsaal kleiner Teil - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Hörsaal! workshop
Tue03.12.201908:00 - 19:00Prechtlsaal kleiner Teil - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Hörsaal! workshop
Wed04.12.201908:00 - 19:00Prechtlsaal kleiner Teil - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Hörsaal! workshop
Thu05.12.201908:00 - 19:00Prechtlsaal kleiner Teil - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Hörsaal! workshop
Mon13.01.202008:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! presentation
Tue14.01.202008:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! presentation
Wed15.01.202008:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! presentation
Thu16.01.202008:00 - 19:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! presentation
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

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Application

TitleApplication beginApplication end
Master Entwerfen WS1916.09.2019 09:0030.09.2019 23:59

Curricula

Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Language

English