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UNIT 1 - Armando Durbiano
This workshop will introduce all students to the concept of Architectural Design Theory through the practical application of a case study. Students will engage with an interrupted process and will experiment with the possible deviations that the project of architecture can introduce to help set things in motion. The main questions that students will be confronted with are: what is the role of the project of architecture within a complex public process of transformation? How does the project interact with actors and how can it help enlarge a decisional collective in order to be effective? What are the symbolic and bureaucratic strategies that the project of architecture can deploy?
UNIT 2 - Bojanic Vesnic
This parallel session will focus on the subject of "architecture and terminology”. The aim is to express and explain the terms that appear in architectural practice. In this sense, the design activity will run in parallel with an activity devoted to the clarification of many of the most used terms in architecture, as a discipline and as a practice.
UNIT 4 - Fedorchenko
This parallel session will consider the project site in the larger context of post-industrial spaces and contemporary modes of cultural and knowledge production. Considering immaterial and material elements and processes, it would develop a range of urban manifestoes and design hypotheses for new potent urban 'machines'. With the emphasis on advanced techniques of mapping and diagram to fuel our design provocations, we would articulate specific formal and programmatic strategies that could sustain the evolution and the adaptation of the site to its alternative futures.
UNIT 3 - Gleiter
This parallel session will be about "Materiality and documentality – Architecture between memory and archive". It will focus on the relationship between architectural theory and design practice.
PhD Research Marathon
Through theoretical argumentation, case studies, and fieldwork, the Summer School attempts to answer the following questions:
What is the role of the critical theory(-ies) in relation with the innovation research around the architectural project?
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