253.G16 impromptu design workshop Paris
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, UE, 2.0h, 2.5EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to work on complex design tasks in the field of housing planning independently, systematically and with an original, contemporary design approach based on a precise design language. They have the competence to identify fields of action in the urban and architectural context and to develop appropriate design solutions. Students are able to carry out research on their own responsibility and to establish topic-related basics. They are able to create design concepts and to present them comprehensively in the form of strategic, draft and detailed plans in teamwork. Due to the short processing time, another focus of the impromptu design workshop lies in the process-optimized, collective and pointed design work.

Subject of course


Video presentation of the course: https://tube1.it.tuwien.ac.at/videos/watch/f6826af8-f087-47bf-b404-29396c41e169

Paris s'éveille... Reinventing Paris... Slogans of this kind currently describe highly interesting urban transformation processes, which are to be read against the backdrop of a rapidly increasing demand for living space and (climate)politically motivated adaptation measures.

In this climate of urban redevelopment, highly interesting positions are emerging in residential architecture. A generation of French architects such as Bruther, Muoto and l'AUC, among others, is acting in the sense of a "New Realism", as the architecture magazine ARCH+ describes it in the issue of the same name: "New Realism here means the appropriation and transformation of reality through architecture - and thus its social and political connotation entirely in the tradition of French Realism. (...) The quality of the (...) social housing projects presented nevertheless makes one almost incomprehensible - and curious." Reason enough to examine these tendencies in an excursion and a impromptu design workshop.

The impromptu design workshop takes place primarily within the framework of the housing excursion to Paris. It is a co-teaching course together with the urban design course of the same name (led by Angelika Psenner) and will be carried out in collaboration with the architecture universities ENSA La Villette and ENSA Belleville. We will explore the city together and design on site. We will get an insight into Parisian urban planning and housing practice through APUR (Atelier parisien d'urbanisme), LAN (Umberto Napolitano), Hamonic+Masson and Nouvelle AOM Chartier-Dalix (all requested).

Registration: 03.05. - 10.05.2021 with portfolio (max. 10MB) by email to utech@wohnbau.ac.at

Introduction date: 17.05.2021 via Zoom https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/3700052967

Excursion date: June/July 2021, approx. 9 days in Paris (subject to the Covid situation allowing the holding of an excursion).

Excursion costs: approx. 350 euros accommodation, approx. 150 euros travel costs

Teaching methods

The impromptu design workshop will be limited in time (apart from an introduction date in WIen) exclusively to the period of the excursion to Paris. In walks, workshops and presentation dates, relevant urban planning topics will be discussed, researched and treated in design assignments in collaboration with ENSA Belleville/ENSA La Villette.

Mode of examination




Examination modalities

Proof of performance is provided by participation in the excursion, project work in the workshops and the presentation of the concept and design in the final presentation on site in Paris.

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture


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