253.E06 Formen des Wohnens 1
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, UE, 2.0h, 2.5EC
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to think of architectural space as a whole by investigating spatial concepts using three specific tools - the façade, the roof and the stairs. 

Subject of course

Tools for housing in the existing city

The soil consumption of the XX century and the first decades of XXI one asks to the architects to find new strategies to intervene in the already urbanized territories with the aim to preserve virgin and agricultural areas. The needs to build new neighborhoods where living and producing coexists with the demand of protecting the natural conditions of the lands. Balancing this opposite goals means a mind shift for professionals, that implies to address design and construction efforts to the existing territories of the city (already transformed, dense or not, used or dismissed, historical or modern).

From the XVIII century onwards, architects have being trained to think the discipline with the goal to realize isolated whole buildings, possibly classified by typologies, to inhabit, produce and organize the modern city. We have learnt that what pre-exists is a problem of conservation; step by step Modernity has transformed the historical cities into monuments impossible to inhabit, with the paradox that dwelling and housing have been reduced to a potential never ending suburban dorms rounding a void city-center.

Working on the existing city implies the research of new approaches while blurring and overlapping the concepts of modern, contemporary or historical architecture in order to bring back housing to the city.

This mini-series course is an excavation to call back the tools of the architects before the idea of Modernity, when we were used to think the space as a whole to be infilled by singular elements or architecture, that were useful to complete unfinished buildings or transform the existing ones for new purposes.

In the lesson of Rome, a façade, a roof, a floor, the stairs were thought as projects themselves: independent figures to be applied to a specific urban condition able to realize additions, build up new wings, make a building higher - in other words- stratify the city. This approach, every time applied to different sites, has invented a catalogue of operations to be rediscovered and studied for new experiments in contemporary architecture for dwelling and housing.

The communications will present the dissertation on 3 specific elements - the façade, the roof, the stairs – starting from the lesson of Rome. The discussions present precedents and declinations, then are supported by exercises investigating concepts of housing in contemporary design.

Teaching methods

Details shortly. 

Mode of examination


Additional information

Submission & Presentation Exercise
The presentation will take place in two parts: Friday March 10th from 3pm to 6pm and Saturday March 11th from 9am to 1pm. Participation in both events is compulsory.

Delivery and set-up of the first group Friday March 10, from 2 p.m. Projektraum WB. Presentations start at 3 p.m.

More information on grouping etc. will follow in due course.


Introduction to the exercise: 19 December 5-7pm followed by discussion.

Discussions starting in january as needed every Wednesday 5:30-7:30 pm via Zoom. Please register by 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The course will be held in English.



Course dates

Mon17:00 - 19:0009.01.2023HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH Formen des Wohnens 1

Examination modalities

A project on a scale of 1:100, illustrated in an A3 folder and a model.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
14.09.2022 14:00 09.10.2022 23:00 09.10.2022 23:00


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

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