253.K93 A Room for the Public
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, UE, 4.0h, 5.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to work on a design task informed by an understanding of specific spatial relationships in connection to building types, tied to social and political conditions. They learn to critically deal with basic questions of architectural design, in particular by addressing a specific context and the questions to be derived from examining architectural types, circumstances on site, existing buildings as well as the cultural and urban development history.They will be able to derive appropriate design principles through scientifically and methodically based research on historical and contemporary spaces, and to adopt them for their own design work. They will be able to comprehensively present and represent their project concepts in the form of texts and elaborate types of drawings.

Subject of course

The design course “A room for the public” will address public in-between spaces, with a special focus on the “loggia” as a building type that is located and mediating between public and private space. A close reading of known historical and contemporary examples as case studies is followed by an analysis, reflection and short designs on conversion or further construction of the case studies.
A room for the public
“The phenomenon of intermediate space demonstrates that the characteristics of inside and outside, body and space, closure and openness, private and public, need not represent irreconcilable polarities, but that the one can be achieved with the assistance of its counterpart“  - Fundamental Concepts of Architecture, Janson/Tigges
Intermediate or in-between spaces belong to the building and at the same time to the surrounding space outside. They articulate connections and transition between one space to the next. In-between spaces attain a public character, sometimes by being open on one side, or by distinct architectural elements. They allow for different uses, and operate as a zone of interaction. Arcades, galleries, loggias, vestibules are all variations of in-between space and form specific types.
In the design studio “A room for the public“, we will pay particular attention to the loggia type as an open public room, formed within the boundary of the building. What are its specific architectural elements? How did this type and its uses evolve over time? How is it conditioned and in turn influence the surrounding space? And how does this type of space mediate between open and enclosed space and illustrate social and political conditions? And how can we reimagine and further develop these types of in-between spaces? 
Though reading relevant literature and by a close reading of historical as well as contemporary examples as case-studies, the students will have the task of studying and examining the loggia as a type of in-between space and use their findings as a base for redrawing, expanding and redefining those case-studies.
Within the scope of our design and research studio, we will also explore different methods of drawing. As a reference for the drawings, we would like to draw on the illustrations by Friedl Dicker/Franz Singer, in which different drawing contents were superimposed and depicted layer by layer.

Teaching methods

Reading, analysis of typological references, and experiments with different drawings and illustration methods.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Introduction on Thu., 14.03.2024 - 10:00 am

Design meetings will be held on Thursdays between 9:00 – 16:00

Course language: English



Course dates

Thu10:00 - 12:0014.03.2024Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Introduction Event
Thu09:00 - 16:0021.03.2024 - 20.06.2024Seminarraum Design Discussion
Thu09:00 - 16:0011.04.2024Konferenzraum der Fakultät Architektur und Raumplanung Design Discussion
Thu09:00 - 16:0020.06.2024 White Cube - Institut Raumgestaltung und Entwerfen, Stiege 10, 4.OGFinal Presentation
A Room for the Public - Single appointments
Thu14.03.202410:00 - 12:00Projektraum 14 - Achtung! Werkraum, kein Seminarraum! Introduction Event
Thu21.03.202409:00 - 16:00Seminarraum Lectures
Thu11.04.202409:00 - 16:00Konferenzraum der Fakultät Architektur und Raumplanung Design Discussion
Thu25.04.202409:00 - 16:00Seminarraum Presentation 1
Thu16.05.202409:00 - 16:00Seminarraum Design Discussion
Thu06.06.202409:00 - 16:00Seminarraum Design Discussion
Thu20.06.202409:00 - 16:00 White Cube - Institut Raumgestaltung und Entwerfen, Stiege 10, 4.OGFinal Presentation
Thu20.06.202409:00 - 16:00Seminarraum Presentation final

Examination modalities

Continuous assessment


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Thu - 20.06.2024assessedno application-Endabgabe


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Entwerfen Master / Künstlerische Projekte16.02.2024 09:0019.02.2024 12:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture Mandatory elective


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