259.419 Design Studio Midwest Mafia Moves
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2015S, UE, 8.0h, 10.0EC

Properties

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

Aim of course

This design studio addresses the big questions of architecture regarding its role in political development. Recent local events, for example “Hypotopia – Die Milliardenstadt am Karlsplatz,” but also international ones, such as “Occupy Wall Street,” show an ever present interest in the ways architecture and its theory can play a role in solving (urban) political and financial problems. At first sight, this does not seem to fit the definition of architecture as an art form, as purely creative expression, but rather that of architecture as part of the social setting people use for their actions and interactions against the background of political and financial development. During the stage of analysis of the studio, we will address this apparent disparity and critically debate possible architectural strategies of tackling political and financial inequalities. This will inform our designs but also our understanding about what architecture may be all about.

Subject of course

The subject of the course is in this case neither to fill a specified architectural site nor to meet the criteria of a given an architectural programme. We will start from a recent development in architectural education, which has been dubbed the “Midwest Mafia of Architecture Schools.” The collaboration between four North American schools, which gave rise to this mob architecture, has been argued to show that “architecture is no longer bound to the canvas – plans and sections – but can be ‘represented’ in sitcoms or Sears-style shopping catalogues.” (Matt Shaw for Domus, 19.02.2013) Consequently, not only the final material product, but each step of the architectural process can be experienced by the public of large. We will not only study these mob strategies during a USA fieldtrip to the schools, which we recommend you sign up for in addition to the design studio (LVA 251.045), but use them to find conceivable architectural forms and mediums of addressing the political and financial inequalities we will debate in the theoretical part of the course. Your final projects will use these strategies to propose architectural approaches to the topic of your choice, to be chosen from a list including (urban) densification, accessibility, gentrification and segregation, temporary land use and use of built space, to list a few.

Additional information

First meeting: March 5th, 2015, Seminar room @ a-theory

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
Thu10:15 - 15:0005.03.2015 - 25.06.2015 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Design Studio Midwest Mafia Moves - Single appointments
DayDateTimeLocationDescription
Thu05.03.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu12.03.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu19.03.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu26.03.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu02.04.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu09.04.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu16.04.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu23.04.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu30.04.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu07.05.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu21.05.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu28.05.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu11.06.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu18.06.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves
Thu25.06.201510:15 - 15:00 Seminar room at architecture theory, Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stair 2, 1st floorMidwest Mafia Moves

Application

TitleApplication beginApplication end
Gr. Entwerfen 10 ECTS17.02.2015 06:0024.02.2015 23:59

Curricula

Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 443 Architecture STEG
Course requires the completion of the introductory interview STEG

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Miscellaneous

Language

German